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Greenland is Melting!
News story originally written on July 21, 2000

A seven year study led by NASA has shown that the ice surrounding Greenland is melting. Scientists now think the best way to study global climate is to monitor the world's largest island. No one knows for sure why the ice is thinning, so future studying is needed.

Whenever ice melts it contributes to higher sea levels. Scientists say the melting of Greenland's ice is not threatening, but if the trend continues in other parts of the world, such as Antarctica, we may have problems in the future. Fortunately, NASA is working on a new satellite, set to launch in 2001, that will monitor these ice regions.

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