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‘Massive’ reservoir of melt water found under Greenland ice

January 6, 2014

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25463647

By Matt McGrath

Researchers say they have discovered a large reservoir of melt water that sits under the Greenland ice sheet all year round.

The scientists say the water is stored in the air space between particles of ice, similar to the way that fruit juice stays liquid in a slush drink.

The aquifer, which covers an area the size of Ireland, could yield important clues to sea level rise.

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The melting of the Greenland ice sheet has been a significant contributor to a rise in sea levels over the past 100 years.

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the ice sheet lost 34 billion tonnes of ice per year between 1992 and 2001 – but this increased to 215 billion tonnes between 2002 and 2011

Scientists still have many unanswered questions about the direction and speed and ultimate destination of this melted water

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25463647

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