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NASA: Strange and sudden massive melt in Greenland

The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue, in this third in a series of three images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite along the northwestern coast of Greenland on July 16, 2012. (REUTERS/NASA/Handout)

WASHINGTON: Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting.

Even Greenland's coldest place showed melting. Records show that last happened in 1889 and occurs about once every 150 years.

NASA says three satellites saw what it calls unprecedented melting over four days beginning July 8. Most of the thick ice remains. But what was unusual was that the melting occurred over a widespread area.

NASA says the melting area went from 40 percent of the ice sheet to 97 percent. Until now, the most extensive melt seen by satellites in the past 30 years was about 55 percent.

Scientists cannot say yet if the melting is from global warming or natural.

 

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