And not just like regular melting in the springs. Full-blown giant glaciers are going away, rivers are being create, and overall things are looking pretty wet for this mostly-white place.
If fully melted, the giant ice sheet of greenland could could increase sea levels by about 20 feet...Yup, 20 feet!
The melting of Greenland is accelerating because with hotter temperatures comes the creation of lakes on top of the surface of the ice, which in turn generate flowing rivers. These rivers find giant holes in the ice, and connect with the ocean through tunnels. It melts, flows, and adds to the ocean water.
In an effort to showcase (and perhaps help the scientists behind this research) the NY Times wrote a beautiful article on the melting ice, showcasing videos of ice and flowing water.
Helped by NASA grants, researchers are worried about the increased pressure in Congress. Where Republican leaders question the “scientific consensus that human activities contribute to climate change."
So why aren’t we giving scientists and researchers money to help study this change?
Well, it seems like giant ice rivers of melted glacier isn’t enough evidence to show we need science and research in these areas. If we don’t start giving them the tools they can to rosearch this, then we are doing ourselves a grave danger.