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Greenland glacier breaks speed record

Greenland’s largest glacier is melting at the fastest speed ever recorded.

Researchers found that the Jakobshavn Glacier is moving ice from land into the ocean four times faster than in the 1990s.

In the summer of 2012, the glacier flow reached a speed of 17 kilometres each year, or more than 46 metres a day. These are the fastest flow rates recorded for any glacier in Greenland or Antarctica.

The increased speed of melting means that the glacier is adding more and more ice to the ocean, contributing to sea-level rise, researchers says.

Read more at University of Washington

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