Between 2011 and 2014, while humans were discovering dubstep and the wonder of selfies, Greenland was melting fast. It lost a trillion tons of ice in just three years, and the world neither noticed nor gave a damn.
A stunning structure built 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle will serve as a crucial research center for glaciologists. But perhaps more importantly, it will be a place where humans can travel to see the real-time impact of climate change.
British geophysicists have discovered evidence of an ancient drainage network buried beneath Greenland’s ice sheet that once extended across nearly a fifth of its total surface. Some of the channels within this system were about a mile deep and over seven miles wide.
Today, NASA released the image above, which shows a bunch of ice breaking up in the Beaufort sea, several weeks earlier than it should be. Also today, the European Space Agency dropped a sick GIF of a 370-square mile chunk of Antarctica cracking and heaving into the ocean.
The rapidly-melting glaciers of Greenland are moving faster than anyone thought—and this slow-motion crisis has the potential to change the world’s coastlines forever.
The New York Times posted a story today about Greenland’s melting ice, which could add another 20 feet to global sea levels. To give us the real scope, they used video shot by a drone, capturing a huge lake of meltwater that’s one of many. It’s stunning, worrying, and strangely beautiful. (Mostly really worrying.)
Ever wonder how photographers capture epic, close up images of ultra-elusive tigers? It involves reading canned food labels. Meanwhile in California, our forests are going to die off. And theres first-ever shots of a new species of whale.
The retreat of Arctic sea ice has been so dramatic over the last few years that atlases are being changed. Now it turns out Greenland’s ice sheets are also melting faster than we thought—not on the visible surface, but due to currents deep below the ocean.
As a support scientist for NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission, Jeremy Harbeck spends most of his time processing data at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. But it was on a recent visit to Greenland that he snapped this striking composite image of an iceberg frozen into North Star Bay.
Under Greenland's frozen surface is a vast network of channels, crevasses, and basins—its "glacial plumbing system." A few years ago, the water suddenly disappeared from a subglacial lake, which then collapsed into a funny silhouette that NASA likens to a "mitten," but I think looks more like a waving Yeti.
You've seen the pictures. The time lapses of glaciers shrinking into patchworks of white, the videos of ice crumbling into the ocean. But the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson wants you to really see how quickly the ice is melting—and to do so, he and a Greenlandic geologist fished 112 tons of ice out of a Greenland…
Enjoy this cool video of some Royal Danish Air Force's F-16s flying low level over Greenland. I imagine the pilots wearing rebel helmets looking for Imperial AT-AT walkers. Pew pew.
After a five month expedition to the wilds of Greenland, the GROVER (Greenland Rover and/or Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research) has returned, intact and toting some valuable climate data. Not bad for an ROV developed by engineering students.
Whether you think it's our fault or not, the simple fact of the matter is that the Earth is heating up—so much so that last summer's heat caused surface melting along an unprecedented 97 percent of the Greenland ice sheet. Now, researchers are turning to an ever-ready solar rover to survey the damage.
This is Kiviak, a traditional winter foodstuff consumed by Greenlandic Inuits. It may look like a seal's carcass stuffed with whole, fermented birds because, well, it is. Trust me, this is one dish you'll want to eat outside.
We live in a wonderful world indeed. And in places like Greenland, the skies are wonderful too, full of spectres, ringed glories, sundogs, coronas, lunar halos and cloudbows. These weird atmospheric optical phenomenons are common there.
In a bid to remind the ignorant people of the world about the threat of global warming, artist Brian Goggin is setting out to drag a two-ton block of 100,000 year old ice from Greenland to NYC. Because breathless confusion is the first step in advocacy.
In 1959, the US Army began building an immense complex underneath the frozen surface of Greenland. It would be a center of research, to the benefit of mankind! It would also be a great place to launch Cold War nukes.