Greenland’s glaciers are melting 100 times faster than previously thought

Greenland’s glaciers are melting 100 times faster than previously calculated, according to a new model that accounts for the unique interaction between ice and water on the island’s fjords.

The new mathematical representation of glacier melt takes into account the latest observations of how ice is being eaten away from the steep vertical surfaces at the ends of glaciers in Greenland. Previously, scientists used models developed in Antarcticwhere glacial tongues float on sea water – a very different arrangement.

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