What Would Happen If Greenland's Massive Ice Sheet Melted?

Greenland's ice sheet covers an area of about 1.7 million square kilometers (656,000 square miles). In recent decades, higher temperatures and warmer seawater have caused the sheet to melt more rapidly during the summer. Though snowfall can help to counteract this ice loss, melting is still happening at a faster rate than snow is being added. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Greenland's ice can melt by a few meters each day in the summer. 01:04

  2. Warm seawater is undercutting Greenland's glaciers at depths of around 350–400 meters. 01:35

  3. Scientists studying the ice of Greenland can be stymied by the ice itself—in some places, it's too thick for boats to push through. 02:33

Written by Curiosity Staff October 21, 2015