Steffen Olsen is a scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute. He was in Greenland last week and took this picture of his dogs wading through what should have been an ice sheet, but is clearly melting ice. The ice has melted one month earlier than usual, most likely due to global warming.
To put it in perspective, there is a ‘melt season’ in Greenland every year, however this year, it has occurred earlier and in greater volume than before as there are two high pressure systems that have combined forces to keep temperatures too warm in the area. Scientists think that this is why over 2 billion tons of ice melted in just one day, on June 13!
Here is a little about Greenland:
- It is the world’s largest island.
- It has the second largest single ice sheet after Antarctica. 80% of the island is covered with this thick ice sheet.
- It is a self-governing part of Denmark and has its own Parliament.
- The Inuits are the main people who live on this relatively uninhabited island.