This map shows which areas of the Greenland glacier are shrinking and
which are growing.
Click on image for full size
Image courtesy of NASA
Scientists Find Greenland Glacier Shrinking
News story originally written on March 13, 1999
Using a laser aboard an airplane, scientists have measured the thickness
of the Greenland glacier. Over the five years between the two
measurements, parts of the glacier have grown but other parts have shrunk.
Near the southeast coast, the glacier has shrunk up to 30 feet in the
past five years.
While scientists aren't sure what caused the ice loss, they think that
the edges of the glacier are sensitive to environmental changes, such as
a possible global warming.
You might also be interested in:
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on October 29th at 2:19 p.m. EST. The weather was great as Discovery took 8 1/2 minutes to reach orbit. This was the United States' 123rd...more
A moon was discovered orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is only the second time in history that a satellite has been seen circling an asteroid. A special mirror allowed scientists to find the moon...more
Will Russia ever put the service module for the International Space Station in space? NASA officials want an answer from the Russian government. The necessary service module is currently waiting to be...more
A coronal mass ejection (CME) happened on the Sun early last month. The material that was thrown out from this explosion passed the ACE spacecraft. The SWICS instrument on ACE has produced a new and very...more
J.S. Maini of the Canadian Forest Service called forests the "heart and lungs of the world." This is because forests filter air and water pollution, absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and maintain...more
In late April through mid-May 2002, all five naked-eye planets are visible at the same time in the night sky! This is includes Mercury which is generally very hard to see. You won't want to miss this!...more