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Changing snowfall making Greenland darker and warmer: study – The Weekly Times

Changing snowfall making Greenland darker and warmer: study

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Greenland is becoming darker and warmer due to a weather pattern that is pushing fresh snowfall away from its ice sheet, a study said Monday.A reduction in the amount of fresh, light-colored snow leaves more old and dark snow exposed on the surface — which in turn causes the ice sheet to absorb more heat and melt faster.
Osterberg and colleagues attributed the decrease in snowfall to a weather phenomenon called “atmospheric blocking” — in which persistent high-pressure systems hover over the ice…

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