Gallery: Study Finds Global Ice Loss in Recent Years Was Enough to Cove...


Using NASA and the German Aerospace Center’s Gravity Recover and Climate Experiment satellites (GRACE), researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have discovered that the Earth’s ice caps and glaciers lost a mammoth amount of water between 2003 and 2010. The group used NASA’s data to research global ice loss from Greenland, Antarctica, glaciers, and ice caps and deduced that the total loss was 4.3 trillion tons (or 1,000 cubic miles) of ice — that’s about eight times the water volume of Lake Erie and enough to make a 1.5 foot-deep lake the size of the United States. This comprehensive study was the first of its kind and it was carried out to help understand the implications of Earth’s rising sea levels and how quickly they could affect our lives.

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