Fastest Glacier

This video from a 2005 NOVA program features scientists who study the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier in western Greenland. The glacier is shrinking and moving faster due to increased melting in recent 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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This glacier is changing rapidly. Seek updated information to share with the class.

Updated science from this glacier is found in this NASA Earth Observatory page,

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