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Fast-draining lakes pose a new risk for Greenland ice sheet

A growing number of lakes on the Greenland ice sheet are causing a runaway chain reaction to take place under the ice and it could possibly lead to its collapse.

NASA's OMG campaign reveals bad news for Greenland glaciers

New, accurate and comprehensive high-resolution maps of Greenland's bedrock and coastal seafloor show that the country is actually — physically — shrinking due to climate change, and it’s happening at a much quicker pace than scientists once thought

Wildfires hit Greenland after record temperatures

Stockholm - Police in Greenland warned people to stay away from western areas of the island as wildfires scorched swathes of scrubland.

Thinning summer cloud cover responsible for Greenland ice melt

Greenland's loss of ice has been the big story in climate-related news lately, and with good reason - a warming climate is responsible. And now we are beginning to understand why this is happening at such an accelerated rate.

NASA's 'OMG Mission' - Greenland's glaciers are melting fast

Due to climate change, glaciers in Greenland are melting faster than previously thought. A new video released today by NASA shows how the agency is keeping track of the magnitude of the changes occurring in the Arctic, now being measured in feet per day.

Tsunami hits Greenland leaving at least four people missing

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake 28 kilometers (17.3 miles) north of the northwest village of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland is believed to have triggered a tsunami that struck the coast, leaving four people missing.

Greenland's Rink Glacier exhibiting ominous new type of ice loss

While climate scientists have been watching the effects of climate change on Earth's glaciers and ice shelves, something much more ominous and worrisome has been happening to one of Greenland's outlet glacier's that holds back literally megatons of ice.

Greenland sets record temperatures, ice melts early

Copenhagen - Temperature records were broken in Greenland this year after parts of the territory's vast ice sheet began melting unusually early, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) said Tuesday.

Fossil find points to life on Earth 3.7 bn years ago

Sydney - Life on Earth is even older than we thought, Australian scientists said Thursday as they unveiled fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years.

Fossil find points to life on Earth 3.7 bn years ago

Sydney - Life on Earth is even older than we thought, Australian scientists said Thursday as they unveiled fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years.

Fossil find points to life on Earth 3.7 bn years ago

Sydney - Life on Earth is even older than we thought, Australian scientists said Thursday as they unveiled fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years.

Jakobsvahn glacier has been hiding a primeval river system

A huge network of rivers was found to be hiding beneath Greenland's Jakobsvahn Isbrae glacier recently. The discovery may help to explain the location, size and velocity of the country's fastest flowing outlet glacier.

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Faster retreat of Greenland's ice sheet observed

Paris - The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to land-encroaching sea-level rise, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the entire 20th century, researchers said Wednesday.

Brain drain as young Greenlanders leave for Denmark

Copenhage - As hopes fade for a commodities boom in Greenland there is growing concern that an exodus of young people could cripple the economy of a territory already facing an uncertain outlook.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

Denmark claims potentially energy-rich Arctic waters

Copenhage - Denmark will lay claim to energy-rich but contested territory around the North Pole on Monday by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

Vikings and the little ice age: The end of beef and beer

While many of the stereotypical myths about Vikings being marauding adventurers have been proven to be just that, myths, there is one truth that is well documented. They knew how to win friends and influence people when they settled in a new land.

Greenland ruling party ekes out win in snap election

Copenhagen - Greenland's ruling Siumut party narrowly won a snap election called after it became embroiled in a graft scandal, results showed on Saturday, but it faced tough negotiations to form the next government to lead the vast Arctic island.

Greenland government calls election amid PM expenses scandal

Copenhagen - Greenland's government has called an election for November 28 after an expenses scandal prompted Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to step down as leader of her party.

World's ice caps melting at accelerated rate

German researchers have been able to map the heights of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with far greater precision than ever before. Observations and data show the ice caps are melting much faster than previously thought.

Study finds half of Greenland's warming due to natural causes

The rapid warming of Greenland's glaciers has been documented for a number of years, but atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington estimate that up to half of the warming in Greenland and other areas may be from natural causes.

Mega-canyon bigger than Grand Canyon found below Greenland's ice

Scientists have mapped a previously unknown canyon entombed below two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The discovery was made by a group of scientists from Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences in the UK.

NASA, students test polar rover in harsh Greenland climate

At 10,530 feet above sea level and deep inside the Arctic Circle, NASA could hardly find a more inhospitable place to test its new rover than Summit Camp, Greenland. After one month in the snow and sub-freezing temperatures, GROVER is still functioning.

Plants coming back to life after 400 years frozen under glacier

A group of plants frozen for 400 years have been observed sprouting new growth after being exposed to air and sunlight, scientists say. They brought back to life a collection of plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic.

Video captures largest iceberg break-up ever filmed

A video clip of a new film captures the moment an iceberg in Greenland begins to calve, making it the largest iceberg calving ever to be captured on film.

Greenland giant iceberg heading out to sea (photos)

A giant iceberg which broke off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland is now on its way to the sea. Shipping may be affected.

NASA scientists say Greenland ice melt in July unprecedented

Nuuk - NASA scientists say that in July, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a more extensive area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observation. Measurements show that Greenland ice cover has experienced unprecedented degree of melting.

Iceberg breaks off in Greenland

According to scientists, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier, The Associated Press reports.

Greenpeace activists arrested for occupying Arctic oil rig

The four Greenpeace activists who had set themselves up for a stay, hanging from the rigging of oil drilling rig, Stena Don, surrendered to police Thursday.
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UCI’s BedMachine ice mapping technique enabled the creation of a three-dimensional image of a port...
UCI’s BedMachine ice mapping technique enabled the creation of a three-dimensional image of a portion of the northwest coast of Greenland. Ocean bathymetry is shown in blue and ice surface topography are displayed in white and orange.
Mathieu Morlighem/University of California, Irvine
Greenland s lakes are draining away in hours  thanks to a vast network of fissures hidden on the ice...
Greenland's lakes are draining away in hours, thanks to a vast network of fissures hidden on the ice sheet below.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
An aerial view from NASA of the retreating Jakobsvahn glacier.
An aerial view from NASA of the retreating Jakobsvahn glacier.
NASA
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
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European Space Agency
Thousands of supraglacial lakes form on top of the Greenland ice sheet each summer  with some of the...
Thousands of supraglacial lakes form on top of the Greenland ice sheet each summer, with some of them being miles wide.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A river in Greenland augmented by ice melt: The river that runs through Kanger  called Akuliarusiars...
A river in Greenland augmented by ice melt: The river that runs through Kanger, called Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua in Greenlandic, but also known as Watson River. This river is very milky looking because it is formed by melt-water from the ice sheet. The grey river banks are not ice, but rocks now exposed
John Maurer, University of Colorado
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
The diagram represents a typical glacier in Greenland. Below the cold  fresh layer near the surface ...
The diagram represents a typical glacier in Greenland. Below the cold, fresh layer near the surface a layer of warm, salty water reaches into the fjords to melt the glacier's edge. OMG will measure the volume and extent of this warm layer each year and relate it to thinning and retreat of the glaciers.
NASA/JPL
Rink Glacier from 34 000 feet.
Rink Glacier from 34,000 feet.
John Sonntag-NASA/JPL
Glacier Canyons in NW Greenland.
Glacier Canyons in NW Greenland.
NASA
 An ice sheet covers almost all of Greenland—about 1.7 million square kilometers (650 000 square m...
"An ice sheet covers almost all of Greenland—about 1.7 million square kilometers (650,000 square miles). It holds so much ice that if it were to melt away entirely, global sea level would rise 7 meters (23 feet)," as NASA writes.
NASA
An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to the solitary wave passing by.
An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to the solitary wave passing by.
Surendra Adhikari-NASA/JPL
Scene from the YouTube video showing the village of Nuugaatsiaq  Greenland.
Scene from the YouTube video showing the village of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland.
Dagbladet
Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt. Extent of surface melt over Greenland...
Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt. Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right)
Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory
The camp had a fully equipped kitchen.
The camp had a fully equipped kitchen.
U.S. Army
Left: Greenland topography color coded color-coded from 4 900 feet (1 500 meters) below sea level (d...
Left: Greenland topography color coded color-coded from 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level (dark blue) to 4,900 feet above (brown). Right: Regions below sea level connected to the ocean; darker colors are deeper. The thin white line shows the current extent of the ice sheet. Credit: UCI.
NASA
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
An iceberg gradually breaks away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.
NASA
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U.S. Army
This image taken by NASA s Operation IceBridge in Greenland shows the broad seemingly endless expans...
This image taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge in Greenland shows the broad seemingly endless expanse of the ice sheet.
NASA/Operation Ice Bridge