Greenland’s ice sheet has been melting for years, but now researchers have found that the loss is accelerating in its northeast area—a region considered the last remaining stable portion of the sheet. The amount of ice lost has nearly tripled since 2003, with an estimated 10 billion tons of ice melting per year between 2003 and 2012, USA Today reports. The loss was tracked by satellite measurements of ice thickness and data from 50 coastal stations that can weigh the sheet, according to a study published this week in Nature Climate Change. The study authors expect that their new data will boost estimates of global sea level rise in the future.
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