Greenland Archives - State of the Planet

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As Greenland’s Ice Melts, Glacial Sand Deposits May Offer a Welcome Economic Opportunity

Greenland’s majority Indigenous population is in favor of exploring sand extraction, according to an academic research poll.

by |January 31, 2023

Study Upsets Models of How Lake Drainage Within Glaciers May Influence Sea Level

Sudden plunges of lake waters from glacial surfaces to ice-sheet beds may not speed up the movement of Greenland’s tidewater glaciers, as previously thought.

by |October 14, 2022

Greenland’s Long and Intense Melt Season Is a Worrying Sign for Sea Level

Summer melt across Greenland has broken records this year.

by |September 29, 2022
polar bear on sea ice

During Low-Ice Seasons, Some Polar Bears Are Turning to Glacier Ice

As warming temperatures melt Arctic sea ice, glaciers act as supplemental habitat for a group of southeast Greenland polar bears looking to hunt during the low-ice season.

by |July 29, 2022

Crater Beneath Greenland Glacier Is 58 million Years Older Than Previously Thought

Researchers discovered that a meteorite crater beneath the Hiawatha glacier is much older than previously thought, leaving questions regarding its impact on global climate. 

by |July 19, 2022
tedesco looking at laptop computer while sitting on ice sheet

Marco Tedesco: Snow Man

Although his parents wanted him to become an electrical engineer, Tedesco felt drawn to a life of research. Then he fell in love with snow. Now he is among the most well-respected and quoted polar experts in the world.

by |January 13, 2022
The point where a glacier in Greenland meets the ocean

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

A new artificial neural network named CALFIN catalogues the rates at which glaciers are melting, demonstrating what the future of glaciology could look like.

by |May 5, 2021

Fossil Plants at Bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet Warn of Future Melting

The discovery of fossil plants below a mile of Greenland ice indicates that the ice sheet completely melted in the past, and suggests it could rapidly do so again.

by |March 15, 2021

Scientists Have Discovered an Ancient Lake Bed Deep Beneath the Greenland Ice

Using radar and other techniques, researchers have mapped out the sediments left by a lake that apparently existed before Greenland was glaciated. Next step: drilling through the ice to see what they contain.

by |November 10, 2020

Scientists Harness Satellites to Track Algae Growth on Greenland Ice Sheet

To measure algal blooms across large regions of the Greenland ice, and understand their effects on melting over time, scientists are turning to space.

by |October 15, 2020