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Sep 25, 2018

In Greenland, a glacier’s collapse shows climate impact

In Greenland, a glacier’s collapse shows climate impact

A team of NASA scientists travel to Greenland to understand how warming oceans are melting the island's ice from below.

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux unfastens equipment to inspect it while working in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 22, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Tabular icebergs float in the Sermilik Fjord after a large calving event at the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 23, 2018. This portion between the glacier front and the open ocean is known as the "melange" and is filled with ice, snow and icebergs packed together on their way to a fjord and later the ocean. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Sunshine lights up the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 22, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Tabular icebergs float in the Sermilik Fjord after a large calving event at the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 23, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Denise Holland prepares a meal at a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 22, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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A large crevasse forms near the calving front of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 22, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Student Febin Magar watches as leftover wood burns in a research camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Student Febin Magar watches as safety officer Brian Rougeux burns leftover wood while working in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "JACKSON GREENLAND" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Oceanographer David Holland repairs a broken GPS module at his research camp above the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux works with student Febin Magar to assemble a radar dome while working in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An aerial photograph of Oceanographer David Holland's science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux carries a piece of a radar dome while working in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Oceanographer David Holland works with student Febin Magar to inspect a seismograph in their science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux works to build a semi-permanent structure in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux works to build a semi-permanent structure in a science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 20, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Oceanographer David Holland (C) eats with Denise Holland (L), safety officer Brian Rougeux and student Febin Magar (R) in their science camp on the side of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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A glacial terminus is seen from the window during a NASA flight to support the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission above the east coast of Greenland, March 13, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Glacial ice is seen from the window during a NASA flight to support the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission above the east coast of Greenland, March 13, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Meltwater pools are seen on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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GPS tracking equipment is left on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Meltwater pools are seen on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Safety officer Brian Rougeux uses a drill to install antennas for scientific instruments that will be left on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 18, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Radar Engineer Ron Muellerschoen (L), Radar Engineer Tim Miller (C) and Pilot in Command Tom Parent discuss issues with an autopilot system while flying inside a NASA Gulfstream III above Greenland to measure loss to the country's ice sheet as part of the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission, March 13, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Earth Science Flight Programs Director at NASA, Eric Ianson, looks out at the Greenland ice sheet while inside a NASA Gulfstream III flying above Greenland to measure loss to the country's ice sheet as part of the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission, March 13, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 19, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Pilot in Command Tom Parent inspects the exterior of a NASA Gulfstream III during a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft before a flight to support the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission, March 12, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Airplane Mechanic, David Fuller (L), works with a local worker to move a NASA Gulfstream III during a pre-flight inspection before a flight to support the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission, March 12, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Radar Engineer, Ron Muellerschoen, monitors data collection inside a NASA Gulfstream III flying above Greenland to measure loss to the country's ice sheet as part of the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission, March 12, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 18, 2018. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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