‘Unprecedented’ Greenland Surface Melt—Every 150 Years? (The New York Times)


[[{“type”:“media”,“view_mode”:“media_large”,“fid”:null,“attributes”:{“class”:“media-image alignright size-full wp-image-1606”,“typeof”:“foaf:Image”,“style”:“”,“width”:“100”,“height”:“100”,“alt”:“New York Times”}}]]A New York Times post on its “Dot Earth” blog discusses controversy over how news of this month’s Greenland ice sheet melt was announced by NASA. The piece includes mention of Dartmouth graduate student Kaitlin Keegan, Thayer ’13, and her advisor, engineering Professor Mary R. Albert, Thayer ’83, who is executive director of the Ice Drilling Program Office.

“It’s particularly great to see young scientists able to dig in—literally—on a rare Greenland-wide surface melt event,” says the Times.

Keegan, who witnessed the first surface ice melt since 1889, is also mentioned in the NASA news release on the topic. Keegan’s research is on “firn,” the newly deposited layers of snow that cover the ice sheet and will become part of the frozen mass. Albert was also in Greenland.

Read the full story, published 7/25/2012 here in The New York Times.

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