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Ice Melt Accelerates Regional Freshwater Depletion
View of a small glacier in the Arctic region of the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, as photographed by NASA's Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX). It is one of the seven regions where ice loss is accelerating, causing the depletion of freshwater resources. A new study shows that seven regions that dominate global ice mass losses are melting at an accelerated rate, and the quickened melt rate is depleting freshwater resources that millions of people depend on. The impact of melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica on the world's oceans is well documented. But the largest contributors to sea-level rise in the 20th century were melting ice caps and glaciers located in seven other regions: Alaska, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the Southern Andes, High Mountain Asia, the Russian Arctic, Iceland and the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard. The five Arctic regions accounted for the greatest share of ice loss. NASA/UPI

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Ice Melt Accelerates Regional Freshwater Depletion
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