The Extinction Chronicles

Rapidly receding glaciers on Baffin Island reveal long-covered Arctic landscapes

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER

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“A high elevation location might hold onto its ice longer, for example. But the magnitude of warming is so high that everything is melting everywhere now.
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Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that haven’t been ice-free in more than 40,000 years and the region may be experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years, new University of Colorado Boulder research finds.

The study, published today in the journal Nature Communications [ open access ] <<https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08307-w>>, uses radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of plants collected at the edges of 30 ice caps on Baffin Island, west of Greenland. The island has experienced significant summertime warming in recent decades.

“The Arctic is currently warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe…

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