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Project Censored #25: Greenland’s Meltwater Contributes to Rising Sea Levels

Posted by on November 9, 2015 in Earth & Space, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 1 Comment

By Elora West and Rob Williams | Project Censored

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Editor's Note: As you may recall, within the last year, I have featured most of Project Censored's 2013-2014 Top 25 List. Now the latest list, for 2014-2015, has been released. Here is Project Censored # 25 article and stay tuned for more to come each week


In February 2015, Tim Radford reported for the Climate News Network that atmospheric warming is capable of reaching thousands of meters below Greenland’s massive ice sheet, potentially increasing the glaciers’ rate of flow and creating pools of “meltwater” trapped below the ice. Two separate but related studies confirmed that surface melt can drain down to fill concealed lakes under the ice, ultimately contributing to rising sea levels.

A team led by Ian Howat of Ohio State University found “the first direct evidence for concentrated, long-term storage, and sudden release, of meltwater” at the bed of the Greenland ice sheet. The team observed and measured a depression, two kilometers (approximately 1.25 mile) wide and seventy meters (over seventy-five yards) deep in the icecap of southwest Greenland. “The fact that our lake appears to have been stable for at least several decades, and then drained in a matter of weeks—or less—after a few very hot summers, may signal a fundamental change happening to the ice sheet,” Howat said. As Radford reported, the slumped crater suggested a holding capacity of more than thirty million cubic meters of water, which had suddenly drained away.

A second team of researchers, led by Cornell University’s Michael Willis, also studied the crater, which they discovered in 2011. Their report estimated a rate of flow of 215 cubic meters (over 56,000 gallons) per second from the subglacial lake. The researchers also reported that, “As the lake beneath the ice fills with surface meltwater, the heat released by this trapped meltwater can soften surrounding ice, which may eventually cause an increase in ice flow.”

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Source: Tim Radford, “Greenland’s Hidden Meltwater Lakes Store Up Trouble,” Climate News Network, February 5, 2015, https://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/greenlands-hidden-meltwater-lakes-store-trouble/.

Readers concerned with this topic should see Jeff Orlowski’s 2012 documentary film, Chasing Ice, which depicts environmental photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey’s ongoing efforts to document disappearing arctic ice.

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