Dramatic video shows glacier melt in Greenland turned into a charging river

Caspar Haarløv, Into the Ice via APLarge rivers of melting water form on an ice sheet in western Greenland on Thursday.
  • Journalist Laurie Garrett posted a video on Thursday showing a charging river of glacial melt in Greenland.
  • Greenland has seen unusually high temperatures this week, in the 70s, which caused 12 billion tons of ice to melt into the ocean in just 24 hours, Danish officials told Garrett.
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Journalist Laurie Garrett posted a dramatic video to Twitter on Thursday, showing the effects of a massive glacial melt in Greenland.

The video Garrett posted shows a charging river of melted glacier ice running into the ocean after the island experienced unusually high temperatures in the 70s.

The footage was taken in the town of Kangerlussuaq, on the western side of Greenland, where temperatures reached as high as 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday.

Danish officials told Garrett that 12 billion tons of ice melted in just 24 hours.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the video to her 5 million Twitter followers with the caption, “This is what sea level rise looks like.”

She said that while Greenland experiences a glacial melt like this about once a year, this is the second time this has happened this year alone.

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In just one day, Greenland lost more than 2 billion tons of ice

Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, told CNN that Thursday marked the biggest melt of summer, and that it was about the equivalent of 4.4 million Olympic swimming pools.

In July alone, 197 billion tons of ice melted. Mottram told CNN the average is usually 60 to 70 billion tons.

Another sign that this year is different is the fact that the melt season began at the beginning of May, instead of the end of May.

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