Norse explorer Leif Ericsson’s dad, Norse explorer Eric the Red, may have discovered Greenland for Europe, but the semi-autonomous island now belongs to Denmark. And, according to an article today in the newspaper of record, it keeps shrinking.
The cause? Rising temperatures, the article notes, liquify glaciers and pack ice, revealing true coastal profiles and sometimes turning peninsulas into islets or even archipelagos:
“We are already in a new era of geography,” said the Arctic explorer Will Steger. “This phenomenon — of an island all of a sudden appearing out of nowhere and the ice melting around it — is a real common phenomenon now.”
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