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Lakes of Meltwater Can Crack Greenland's Ice and Contribute to Faster Ice Sheet Flow
Description: Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Washington (UW) have for the first time documented the sudden and complete drainage of a lake of meltwater from the top of the Greenland ice sheet to its base. From those observations, scientists have uncovered a plumbing system for the ice sheet, where meltwater can penetrate thick, cold ice and accelerate some of the large-scale summer movements of the ice sheet. [Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Press Release]
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Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Press Release
Publish Date: 4/18/2008
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