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Ice is white – no? The Black Ice Story

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14. Sep 2015
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We are here with Prof Jason Box who has been monitoring changes on the Greenland icesheet to try and tell people what’s happening in this remote but important location.
Yesterday we took a helicopter ride to Kiagtût Sermiat Glacier which was really cool where Jason Box is recording how fast this glacier is melting.
I noticed all this black stuff on the ice, and was really surprised and sad to find out it was soot from our industrial world which seems so far away.
The glaciers and ice are covered in this really black soot like substance. Jason calls it Cryocynite which is making the glaciers melt even faster as they are absorbing more sun not reflect it.
I wanted to know where it was coming from. Jason said as far away as bushfires in Canada, the US, Europe, and from big business who are polluting the air that we breathe.

“It is a vast natural laboratory.” – Jason Box (geological survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS)
Last Edited: 14. Sep 2015
  • Nesha Ichida

    Hello everyone, my name is Nesha and I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently studying full time for my BSc in Natural Science degree from the Open University UK. Basically my university is wherever there's internet since it's a distant learning. So I rarely find myself in my city as I'm constantly traveling, mainly around Indonesia, for internships and volunteering jobs to get real work experience. I've been passionate about marine biology since the first time I went diving in one of Indonesia's crystal clear blue seas. My care for the planet basically follows after I saw how much destruction and bleaching has happened to the coral reefs of Indonesia, which is happened to be the centre of marine biodiversity. From watching hundreds of nature documentaries on National Geographic and others, my awareness grew. I've been doing several campaigns of anything I could find in my country or through the web related about climate change, marine protection, sustainability and animal rights. I'm not a direct campaigner as what you see in the cities with banners talking to the people, I'm the one you would find in the field monitoring for coral reef's health or volunteering at a rescue and wildlife center, and raising awareness through social media platforms from the field.

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