Sus­tained, more in­tense melt­ing is hap­pen­ing

Shepparton News - - SNNEWS - Pic­ture: AP/Bren­nan Lins­ley

The Green­land Ice Sheet has been melt­ing much faster in the past decade than at any other time dur­ing the past 350 years, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The United States re­searchers looked at melt lay­ers in ice cores from western Green­land, which date back to 1650, and found the sheet started melt­ing more quickly soon after the on­set of in­dus­trial-era Arc­tic warm­ing in the mid-1800s.

The sheet saw the big­gest sur­face melt in 2012 and ice cores from 2004 to 2013 showed more sus­tained and in­tense melt­ing than any other 10-year pe­riod.

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