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How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018

The ice sheet always gains more snow than the ice it loses. Image: REUTERS/Bob Strong/Files

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 SMB through 2017-18 (top) and 2018-19 (bottom) shown as blue lines. Grey lines show the 1981-2010 average and red shows the record low of 2011-12.
Image: DMI Polar Portal.
 Maps show the difference between the annual SMB in 2017 (left) and 2018 (right) compared with the 1981-2010 period (in mm of ice melt). Blue shows more ice gain than average and red shows more ice loss than average.
Image: DMI Polar Portal.
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 Maps show average temperature for June 2018, relative to 1981-2010 average. Shading indicates warm (red) and cool (blue) areas.
Image: Copernicus Climate Change Service / ECMWF
 Maps show average temperature for August 2018, relative to 1981-2010 average. Shading indicates warm (red) and cool (blue) areas.
Image: Copernicus Climate Change Service / ECMWF
 The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launches onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9, 22 May 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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