Fastest Glacier

This video from a 2005 NOVA program features scientists who study how the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier in western Greenland is shrinking and moving faster due to increased melting over the past ten years. The video includes footage of scientists in the field explaining methods and animation of ice sheet dynamics leading to faster glacier movement.

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Video length: 7 min.

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Teaching Tips

The melting of this glacier contributes to 4% of global sea level rise. Teachers can help students link to other stories and visualizations e.g. NASA on current and predicted sea level rise.

Also see the Extreme Ice Survey] which has a more recent timelapse video of this glacier: [

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