These summer months were too warm for Greenland. Last week, the heat led to the melting of ice on 60% of the island’s surface. Record volumes of melted ice were recorded on Thursday, when the ice shelf lost 12.5 billion tons of ice. Thus, the record of 2012 was broken, the Washington Post reports .
Seven years ago, according to Polar Portal , 56% of the Greenland glacier area lost at least 1 mm of its surface, 10 billion tons of ice melted and replenished the ocean. The loss this Thursday is called the biggest since 1950. It was then that scientists began to track changes in the ice shelf in Greenland.
How does the melting of such a volume of ice, you can imagine on this roller of a stormy gray river.
Climatologists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center announced the current sad record based on a computerized weather model and observations. A total of 197 billion tons of ice melted in Greenland in July.