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This is what's really going on with the Greenland ice sheet

The Greenland ice sheet is collapsing and calving icebergs. Image: Alexander Hafemann/Unsplash

Alun Hubbard

Professor of Glaciology, Arctic Five Chair, University of Tromsø

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Greenland ice sheet collapsing into the ocean.
A fast-flowing outlet glacier from the Greenland ice sheet calves a ‘megaberg’ into Uummannaq Fjord. Image: Alun Hubbard

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Weather equipment on the melting Greenland ice sheet.
In August 2021, rain fell at the Greenland ice sheet summit for the first time on record. Weather stations across Greenland captured rapid ice melt. Image: European Space Agency

Author Alun Hubbard’s science camp in the melt zone of the Greenland ice sheet.
Author Alun Hubbard’s science camp in the melt zone of the Greenland ice sheet. Image: Alun Hubbard

large iceberg Greenland ice sheet Store Glacier Uummannaq Fjord
A large tabular iceberg that calved off Store Glacier of the Greenland ice sheet, within Uummannaq Fjord. Image: Alun Hubbard
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