Greenland glacier recedes 10 miles in 8 years

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    Greenland's glaciers under threat from climate change
    By Slim Allagui – 14 hours ago

    ILULISSAT, Greenland (AFP) — One of the world's largest glaciers, on the west coast of Greenland, is shrinking at an alarming rate as a result of global warming -- with potentially dire consequences.

    Ilulissat, a UNESCO-listed glacier, is shedding ice into the sea faster than ever before, according to one of Denmark's top experts on glaciology.

    Andreas Peter Ahlstroem, a researcher with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland institute, told AFP that the glacier has receded by more than 15 kilometres (10 miles) since 2001.

    "Its calving rate (breaking off of ice) has never been so rapid," he said.

    The Ilulissat glacier and icefjord have been on UNESCO's world heritage list since 2004 and is the most visited site in Greenland, its ice and pools of emerald-blue water admired by tourists and studied by scientists and politicians around the world.

    The Danish government chose Ilulissat as the venue for recent talks with some 30 countries to discuss ways to slow global warming -- a place that Shfaqat Abbas Khan, a glacier expert from the Danish Space Centre, describes as the "most visible and striking example of climate change."

    The glacier is the most active in the northern hemisphere, producing 85 million tonnes of icebergs per day, according to Khan.

    AFP: Greenland's glaciers under threat from climate change
     
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    This glacier shrunk by 10 miles in the last 8 years.
     
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    :lol:Ah, but Chris, the glacier inside the crater of St. Helens has grown by a couple of hundred yards in the same period, so it balances out, right?:lol:
     
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    Is Long Beach under water yet?
     
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    What are we supposed to do about it,enact a "war on ice cubes" or something?
     
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    My ice maker has been running overtime. I'm going to overnight a package of ice cubes to Greenland first thing tomorrow. I've instructed all my friends to do the same. The problem should be solved by the end of the week.
     
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    If all this ice is melting then where the hell is it going?
     
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    The glaciers are retreating !! The glaciers are retreating !!! We've won the cold war !!!!:woohoo::woohoo:
     
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    Must have been dinosaur fart induced global warming and Viking-made climate change that melted it the last couple times. :doubt:
     
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    More for you to digest.

    Just think, if you had only been born half a million years ago, you would have been there to sound the alarm.
     
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