Rain falls on Greenland icecap for first time

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Rain has fallen on the summit of Greenland’s huge ice cap for the first time on record.

Rain fell on the summit on the 14th August. Although scientist were unable to measure the amount because there were no rain gauges there.

Temperatures are normal below freezing on the 3,216-metre peak.

But on the 14th August Greenland had temperatures around 18C higher than average. As a result, rain was able to fall.

Scientist believe that climate change is the key reason for the increase in temperatures.

Scientists have also found that Greenland’s ice is melting faster than any time in the past 12,000 years. In 2019 about 1m tonnes of ice melted every minute.

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