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Changing snowfall making Greenland darker and warmer: study – Yahoo News Australia

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.

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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.
“As snow ages, even over hours to a few days, you get this reduction in reflectivity, and that’s why the fresh snow is so important,” said Erich Osterberg, an associate professor…

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