Ice Melt Series Part 1: Greenland’s ice sheet melts at record rate
- Length: 9:17 minutes (8.5 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today we began the first of a two-part series on the world’s melting ice formations, and we started by listening to the sound of glacial ice melt:
London-based artist Katie Paterson recorded three melting glaciers in Iceland. She then took meltwater from each of the glaciers, combined that with silicon and pressed them into records, which she played on turntables until they completely melted, a process that took nearly two hours.
Scientists are also raising concern about the rapid pace of ice melt. A recent study of Greenland’s ice sheet found that it’s melting at the fastest rate since records began in 1979. A team of scientists using remote sensing data, surface observations and models found that melting in some areas last year continued for more than a month longer than average. We spoke to Doctor Marco Tedesco, director of the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at City College of New York. He co-authored the study.
Tomorrow in the second part of our series on the world’s melting ice formations we’ll look at how stronger ocean currents are speeding the melting beneath Antarctica’s Glacier Ice Shelf.