Greenland lost a record amount of ice during an extra warm 2019, with the melt massive enough to cover California in more than 1.25 meters of water, a new study said, Report says, citing Science Alert.
After two years of summer ice melt had been minimal, last summer shattered all records with 532 billion tonnes of ice melting, according to satellite measurements reported in a study on Thursday. That’s more than 532 trillion liters of water.
That’s far more than the yearly average loss of 235 billion tonnes since 2003 and easily surpasses the old record of 464 billion tonnes in 2012, said a study in Nature Communications Earth & Environment. The study showed that in the 20th century, there were many years when Greenland gained ice.
“Not only is the Greenland ice sheet melting, but it’s melting at a faster and faster pace,” said study lead author Ingo Sasgen, a geoscientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany.