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Inconceivable amount of ice melted in Greenland in a single day

13 June 2019 was marked by a rather alarming phenomenon: an almost unbelievable quantity of ice melted in Greenland. In the course of a single day, 2 billion tonnes of ice turned into water.

Greenland is the world’s largest island, and only 10% of its surface area is free of ice Photo: Shutterstock

In Greenland, the melting season lasts from June to August each year, with peak rates of melting usually reached in July. This year, however, 40% of the ice sheet has already started melting in June, resulting in an extreme quantity of ice, 2 billion tonnes, melting on 13 June.

According Thomas Mote, a researcher at the University of Georgia, although far from usual, this spike in melting is not unprecedented: similar levels were reported for June 2012. However, many researchers predict that this summer we will see extreme ice losses on the island – it is quite possible that the records of seven years ago will be broken.

The extreme level of melting on June 13 relative to the average rate of melting in Greenland is shown in blue in the chart Chart: cnn.com
Further information: CNN

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