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Greenland Surface Ice Melts at Levels Not Seen in 123 Years

Greenland's huge sheet of ice always experiences some surface melt during the summer. Not all the way, mind; the about 50 percent of the surface see some melting naturally. This melting refreezes almost immediately or is lost to the ocean and is normal. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has discovered that by July 12th of this month, 97 percent of the ice sheet's surface had seen some amount of melting. The last time surface melts occurred at similar levels was 1889.

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