Melting of Greenland ice sheet set new record in 2010, as some areas in the second largest ice body in the world experienced melting for longer duration last year, says a research conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and City College of New York.
Covering 80 percent of the surface of Greenland country, the ice sheet is prone to effects of global warming. Melting of this ice sheet is expected to significantly rise the sea levels in the coming decades.
“Bare ice is much darker than snow and absorbs more solar radiation,” said Dr Tedesco. “This means the old ice is warming, melting, and running off into the sea.”
Meanwhile, sea level has dropped 20 mm since the start of the “record melt year” and is lower than it was in 2006.