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What Can This Insane 3D Map of Greenland Teach Us About Climate Change?

The Greenland Ice Sheet contains enough water to raise ocean levels by 20 feet, and it’s melting fast.

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As the world looks ahead at a future where climate change may have catastrophic results for our planet and those of us still living on it (who knows, by then maybe we’ll have colonized the moon?) one team of researchers is looking back a few thousand years, and down a few thousand meters, instead. Specifically, they’re looking at—and through—the nearly three million cubic kilometers of frozen water that comprises the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second-largest ice body on the planet.

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MyPolarIce: Put a Chunk of the Arctic in Your Freezer

Get some arctic ice now, before it's too late!


Two Dutch artists are selling hunks of real polar ice, or, as they tell it, "the opportunity to own a unique piece of history."

MyPolarIce is a venture of sorts brought about by Coralie Vogelaar and Teun Castelein. This past summer, they traveled up to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in northern Greenland, where they "extracted" ice from icebergs that had recently calved from the rapidly receding Sermeq Kujalleg glacier.

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Interactive Map: The Melting Ice in Greenland Would Blanket New York in 41 Feet of Snow

Climate Central's interactive tool lets you place the ice Greenland is losing on top of your home state.

It's really, really hard to comprehend the massive volumes of ice that are melting from our planet's higher latitudes and elevations. Fortunately, Climate Central has built a handy interactive tool that can help you get your head around it.

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