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Planet Earth

Our Melting Planet, in Photos

#10 in our top science stories of 2019.

By Daniel Bastardo BlancoDecember 29, 2019 8:00 PM
Russell Glacier, Greenland - NASA's Operation IceBridge
Russell Glacier in Greenland. (Credit: NASA's Operation IceBridge)


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From Antarctica to Greenland to the Himalayas, study after study in 2019 reported the world’s ice is melting at an accelerated rate. New scientific innovations allowed researchers to better quantify mass ice losses, and their studies exposed startling trends. The new findings paint a troubling future for glaciers around the world: If current ice-loss rates continue, scientists predict the collapse of glaciers around the world before the end of the century.

[This story originally appeared in print as "A Melting Planet."]

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