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Shocking satellite image shows melting ice in Greenland

A satellite image shows us the dramatic level of Greenland ice melting. This time there is no need even to use data to get an idea.

The new image, published on the NASA website, shows how the branched network of glaciers around Greenland’s Sermilik fjord has changed over the past 47 years.

Comparing the image taken by the Landsat 8 satellite on 3 October 2019 with an image of the same area taken in 1972, the changes, in terms of melting ice and the emergence of the underlying soil are more than clear, shocking in some ways.

The surface of fusion, which in the images appears darker than the surface covered with ice, is much more extensive in 2019 than in 1972.

The phenomenon of ice melting has left only an intricate tangle of sea ice that will probably soon melt too.

“Now there is much more bare rock visible, which was previously covered in ice,” reports Christopher Shuman, a glaciologist at the University of Maryland, who also adds that there are dozens of examples like this only in this area.