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What Greenland’s melting ice sheet means for you

Posted on 10 January 2024 by Guest Author

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell

Recent studies of Greenland’s enormous ice sheet are helping to illuminate our planet’s past and present — in ways that inform our vision of our future. Several of the articles included below are especially engaging for armchair scientists and adventurers, and these are marked with asterisks.**

Ice cores

Greenland’s melting ice will have a large impact on global sea level rise and thus matters greatly to millions of people, including those in some of the largest cities. Ice cores preserve a lot of information about Earth’s past climates. But those cores also contain an archive of human history, as this opinion piece explains:

For an interesting account of the effort to preserve ice cores before they melt, taking with them their rich archives, see “The race to preserve Earth’s historical climate record—its ice,” by Katherine Bourzac at Chemical & Engineering News (one free article per month).

Soil and rock cores

How long ago was it that the ground beneath the ice sheet was ice-free? These stories are about this deep history.

A treasure trove of old photos

Overviews of recent science — how ice sheets melt, recent changes, and more

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