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Virus photo shows extent of ice melt in Greenland



An image showing sled dogs whose ankles are deep in the water, where normally thick ice is, is viral.

The picture, taken by Steffen Olsen, a scientist from the Danish Meteorological Institute, shows the devastating scale of ice melt in Greenland.

The water through which the dogs run is, according to CNN, due to floods caused by excessive melting of Greenland's ice sheet, the second largest in the world.

Olsen was reported to have been tasked with obtaining climate gauges. Colleagues placed themselves on the sea ice when he took the now viral photo.

In a post on Twitter, Olsen wrote last week that communities in Greenland "rely on sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing."

Olsen's colleague, Rasmus Tonboe, explained the phenomenon in the picture is also shown in a post on Twitter.

"Rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the meltwater above," he wrote.

CNN reports that Greenland's typical "melting season" lasts from June to August but has lost massive amounts of ice this month, earlier and more dramatically than in the past July usual.


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