Greenland ice sheet turns black due to algae and melts quickly

(ORDO NEWS) — The Greenland ice sheet is darkening due to the growth of algae on its surface, which, in turn, causes the shrinking ice to melt even faster.

Over the past decade, scientists have found that these algae are the main contributor to the so-called “dark zone,” a strip of darker ice on the southwestern coast of Greenland that can be seen from space.

Algae growth is a consequence of climate change and is part of a vicious circle that will cause the ice to melt faster and faster.

Darker ice reflects less solar heat, which means it melts faster than whiter areas.


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