The Greenland Ice Sheet is sliding • Earth.com

The Greenland Ice Sheet is sliding

09-19-2019


Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation describes research in Greenland that has revealed that the massive ice sheet is sliding more than what was previously realized. 

A team from the University of Wyoming and the University of Montana has made the surprising discovery that the ice slides across hard bedrock all winter long.

Bedrock is a surface that was not expected to allow ice to shift so easily, especially in the winter. 

The phenomenon is moving ice from a higher elevation to a lower elevation, where it is more likely to get dumped in the ocean. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: National Science Foundation/University of Montana

 

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