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Earth's glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America. The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel of scientists calculated in 2013 .Zemp's team used ground and satellite measurements to look at 19,000 glaciers, far more than previous studies.Since 1961, the world has lost 10.6 trillion tons of ice and snow (9.6 trillion metric tons), the study found.Glaciers grow in winter and shrink in summer, but as the Earth has warmed, they are growing less and shrinking more.
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