Greenland Lost More Than 2 Billion Tons Of Ice In Just ONE DAY Last Week

Greenland is experiencing extreme melting, with experts predicting another record year as far as ice loss is concerned. The country lost more than 2 gigatons – or 2 billion tons – of ice in a single day last week. To put that into some kind of perspective, it is the weight equivalent to 340 Giza pyramids, 80,000 Statues of Liberty or 12 million blue whales

The Arctic's melt season is a natural event that takes place every year, starting in June and ending in August, with peak rates occurring in July. However, the scale of ice loss taking place right now is extraordinary. Experts have already made comparisons to 2012, which saw record-breaking ice loss when almost all of Greenland's ice sheet was exposed to melt for the first time in documented history. 

This year, ice melt began even earlier than 2012 and three weeks earlier than average, CNN reports. What's more, this "premature" ice loss could exacerbate further loss in upcoming months because of something called the albedo effect. 

The albedo effect refers to the amount of the Sun's energy that is reflected back into space. White snow and ice reflect more of the Sun's energy into space, essentially cooling the land and preventing further ice melt. In contrast, reduced snow and ice cover means more of that energy will be absorbed, temperatures rise, and even more ice will melt – it's a vicious cycle. 

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