Greenland's Melting: Heat Waves Are Changing the Landscape Before Their Eyes

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Greenland is home to the world's second largest ice sheet (no, the largest is not in Iceland...Iceland is green, Greenland is icy) and this ice sheet is disappearing, fast. The heat wave that hit Europe last week has now hit the Arctic. What that did to the ice sheet? It lost 11 billion tons of ice...on Thursday. To put that into perspective, this July Greenland's ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice -- approximately 80 million Olympic swimming pools. What is normal for this time of year? Between 60-70 billion tons at this time of year.

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