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The Power of Ice: Glacier Erosion

Greenland Ice Sheet

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(Image credit: Andrew Sole)

A new study has found that glaciers of the Greenland Ice Sheet erode away underlying bedrock much faster than thought. [Read about the Greenland glacier study.]The margin of the Greenland ice sheet, showing Russell Glacier (left) and Leverett Glacier (right).

Leverett Glacier

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(Image credit: Andrew Sole)

The waterfall site at which the meltwater draining from Leverett Glacier was monitored.

Meltwater River

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(Image credit: Andrew Sole)

A meltwater river on the surface of the ice sheet near Leverett Glacier.

Moulin Drain

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Meltwater drains into a moulin on the ice sheet surface near Leverett Glacier.

Fjord near Nuuk

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(Image credit: Tom Cowtown)

Glacially eroded fjord near Nuuk, south-west Greenland.