Helheim, one of Greenland’s fastest-retreating glaciers, has shrunk about 10 kilometers since scientists came here in 2005.
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This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet". It will be gone within a year or two, adding yet more water to rising seas worldwide.By the end of the summer, about 400 billion tons of ice -- maybe more -- will have melted or calved off Greenland's giant ice sheet, scientists estimate.One of the places hit hardest this hot Greenland summer is here on the southeastern edge of the giant frozen island: Helheim, one of Greenland's fastest-retreating glaciers, has shrunk about 10 kilometers since scientists came here in 2005 .A NASA satellite found that Greenland's ice sheet lost about 255 billion tons of ice a year between 2003 and 2016, with the loss rate generally getting worse over that period. Nearly all of the 28 Greenland glaciers that Danish climate scientist Ruth Mottram measured are retreating, especially Helheim.
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