Fires may have accelerated ice melt in Greenland, research shows

12/12/2012 | Guardian (London), The

Arctic wildfires produced smoke and soot particles that may have contributed to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, according to research using satellite imagery. Soot can contribute to melting by making ice less reflective. "Soot is a very powerful absorber," said Jason Box, a geographer at Ohio State University. "Very small increases in soot content have big increases in solar absorption."

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