Ice loss from Greenland's glaciers may level off

Simulation suggests long-term effect on sea level not as dire as some predictions

By Erin Wayman, 11:34 AM May 8, 2013

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The increasing pace of ice breaking off Greenland’s glaciers and dumping into the ocean may not actually be a warning sign of runaway ice loss and catastrophic sea level rise, researchers report in the May 9 Nature.

Greenland’s ice sheet raises sea level when the surface melts or when glaciers flow into the sea and discharge icebergs. Scientists have been concerned that the last decade’s acceleration in iceberg calving would continue unchecked. Simulations have been unable to ve...

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