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Scientists have warned that the Greenland ice sheet is on the verge of a tipping point

Scientists have warned that the Greenland ice sheet is on the verge of a tipping point

Rising temperatures caused by the climate crisis are causing trillions of tons of Greenland ice to flow into the oceans. If the ice sheet melted completely, the level of the world’s seas would rise by seven meters.

Perhaps the main reason is the fact that melting reduces the height of the ice sheet and exposes it to higher temperatures prevailing at lower altitudes, which leads to more melting.

In any case, the data shows that destabilizing this ice sheet may have already passed its breaking point.

And the ice, which raises sea level by two or two meters, is already melting

“The study also indicates that there will be a significant increase in melt in the near future,” said co-author Niklas Bowers, who works at the German Institute for Climate Change Research in Potsdam, according to Reuters.

The amount of ice that will lift the world’s seas by one to two meters will likely melt, but according to experts, it could take centuries. It will take a thousand years for the ice sheet to melt completely.

Specifically, a partial but important glacier in Greenland called Jakobshavn has long been one of the fastest shrinking ice formations on Earth. According to measurements taken by NASA, it started increasing a few years ago, but undoubtedly only temporarily.

Single Greenland Glacier (Greenlandic Sermersuaq, Great Glacier) As such is a huge mass of ice covering 1,710,000 square kilometers, which is about 80 percent of the surface of Greenland, an independent part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is the second largest ice area in the world after Antarctica. The Greenland ice sheet is about 2,400 km long from north to south and 1,100 km wide at its widest point. The average height of the glacier is 2,135 meters. It is usually more than two kilometers thick and sometimes exceeds the limit of three kilometers, and contains about 2,500,000 gigatonnes of ice. In addition to the main glacier on the mainland, there are several separate glaciers along its edges – such as the aforementioned Jakobshavn – covering an area of ​​approximately 76 to 100,000 square kilometers.