A recent scientific study revealed that the coldest and highest parts of the Greenland ice sheet near the Arctic Ocean are rapidly warming, and show unprecedented changes.
According to the study, which was published in the scientific journal Nature and prepared in cooperation between the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark and the University of Bremen in Germany, the participants in the study reached this conclusion after taking samples of ice, which allowed the establishment of a new temperature record based on the oxygen bubbles stored inside them, which The temperatures reflect the time the ice originally froze.
"We find that the 2001-2011 decade is the warmest in the entire 1,000-year period, which heralds the start of a long-term melting process that could eventually lead to the melting of a large part of the total mass of Greenland in the oceans," said Maria Horhold, co-author of the study.
Greenland contains enough ice to raise sea levels by more than 20 feet.
The study concluded that part of the island is now 1.5°C warmer, and that the rate of melting and water loss from the ice sheet has increased in parallel with these changes.
The Greenland ice sheet plays an important role in the global climate due to its size, radioactive effects and its storage of about three million cubic kilometers of fresh water.
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