Greenland is coming up in the world

Research using GPS and computer analysis of data over several years shows that Greenland is rising. As the ice cover on that mega-island gets less, and thus lighter in weight, the land mass beneath is increasing its elevation.

Research using GPS and computer analysis of data over several years shows that Greenland is rising. As the ice cover on that mega-island gets less, and thus lighter in weight, the land mass beneath is increasing its elevation.

In the five years ending in 2006 southeastern Greenland's coast rose 35mm. That's almost two inches for those of us who are megtrically challenged.

Of course, Greenland is doing its fiar share to lose ice sheets and raise the level of the oceans. And there may be an agricultural boom in the island's warmer future as we blogged earlier. Further, there'll be lots of shipping along the newly opened Northwest Passage.

You think the video from the Black Sea oil spill is lurid? Wait'll the Russians break open one of their river tankers north of Baffin Island and you get video of oiled Polar Bear and dwindling icebergs with a glossy black sheen...

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