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Greenland ice melts: the equivalent of 7.2 million Olympic swimming pools in three days

Greenland ice melts: the equivalent of 7.2 million Olympic swimming pools in three days

Global warming is causing dire consequences in Greenland, and melting ice is worrying scientists, CNN reports.

Several days of unusually warm weather in northern Greenland caused a rapid melt, which is now visible after water flowing through rivers has melted before heading into the ocean.

Scientists told the USA Network that temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.

The amount of ice that melted in Greenland between July 15 and July 17 – six billion tons of water per day – would be enough to fill 7.2 million Olympic swimming pools, according to data from the US National Ice and Snow Data Center.

That would be enough to cover an entire state like West Virginia with a foot of water.

“Last week’s melting is not normal, compared to the average of the past 30 or 40 years,” said lead researcher Ted Schampos at the University of Colorado. The amount of cast iron is a peak that has not been equaled before in this sector.”

According to many scientists, the situation is alarming.

“It really worries me. On Tuesday, we could just walk around in a jacket outside. It’s not something we had planned for,” said University of Texas researcher currently based in Greenland, Kotalmis Saylam.

Scientists fear a repeat of the record melt of 2019. A total of 532 billion tons of ice flowed into the sea.

This has caused the world’s sea level to rise permanently by 1.5 mm.

If all of Greenland melted, it would raise sea level by 7.5 meters worldwide.

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