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Massive ice melting in Greenland referred to as extraordinary

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
A new image from NASA has shown that in just four days there has been a large Greenland ice melt in key areas, which jumped from 40 percent of the ice sheet to 97 percent from 8 July.

Scientists said the "unprecedented" melting took place over a larger area than has been detected in three decades of satellite observation.
Between 8 and 12 July there was something drastically wrong with the Greenland ice cap. The images show that in just a few days, there was increased melting rate from 40 percent to 97 percent.

The ice began to melt at Summit Station, Greenland's coldest and highest place. There it has not thawed since 1889.

News of the melting came just days after a massive iceberg broken off  in Greenland. Although about half of Greenland's ice sheet normally sees surface melting over the summer months, the speed and scale of this year's thaw surprised scientists, who described the phenomenon as "extraordinary", reports the BBC.

"When we see melt in places that we haven't seen before, at least in a long period of time, it makes you sit up and ask what's happening," Nasa chief scientist Waleed Abdalati said.
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