Greenland’s ice sheet loses enough water to cover the entire US: Study

Studies about the melting of ice in the world’s largest island, Greenland have been a topic of discussion for many years. A recent study conducted by Danish researchers found that the massive ice sheet in Greenland has lost the ice needed to submerge the entire United States over the past 20 years, NDTV reported.

Greenland is one of the three constituent countries that form the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark and the Faroe Islands, the citizens of these countries are all Danish nationals. If all the ice covering Antarctica, Greenland, and mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters (230 feet). The ocean would cover all the coastal cities. And land area would shrink significantly. But many cities, such as Denver, would survive.

According to the findings by NASA, the arctic region is more liable to witness the melt of its ice sheets than any other region in the world. This happens due to the temperature shift in the region. The warming causes melting ice from Greenland and is now the main factor in the rise in the Earth’s oceans. 

Polar Portal, a joint project involving several Danish Arctic research found that the Greenland ice sheet has lost about 4,700 billion tonnes of ice ever since beginning the year 2002. If the measured tonnes of ice melts, then it would become a reason to cover up the entire country of the US by half a meter. 

According to data by researchers, the west coast of the island will particularly get affected by the ice melt. On the other hand, the US is planning to take steps to act according to the situation when something like this is on the way that affects the entire region. 

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According to a study published by NASA in late January, the accelerated melting near Greenland’s coasts can be explained by the warming of the Arctic Ocean. The phenomenon “is melting Greenland’s glaciers at least as much as warm air is melting them from above”. 

According to meteorologists, the Greenland ice sheet contains enough water to lift the oceans by more than seven meters, and the Antarctic ice sheet is about 50 m above sea level.