Graph of the Day for November 17, 2009

Randall Hoven
"Greenland Ice Cap Melting Faster Than Ever ... Satellite observations and a state-of-the art regional atmospheric model have independently confirmed that the Greenland ice sheet is losing mass at an accelerating rate, reports a new study in Science... The Greenland ice sheet contains enough water to cause a global sea level rise of seven metres."

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2009).  



Source:  University of Illinois, Polar Research Group, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences


Hoven's Index for November 17, 2009


Area of Antarctic ice sheet:  5.4 million square miles.

Area of Greenland ice sheet:  0.656 million square miles.

Volume of Antarctic ice sheet:  7.2 million cubic miles.

Volume of Greenland ice sheet:  0.684 million cubic miles.

Percentage of all freshwater ice on earth contained in Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets:  99%.


National Snow and Ice Data Center.  (Wikipedia used for volume of Greenland's ice sheet.)


Percentage of all freshwater ice on earth contained in the Antarctic ice sheet:  90.4%.

Percentage contained in the Greenland ice sheet:  8.6%.

Percentage contained in all other ice sheets and glaciers combined:  1%.


Source:  Calculations by author, from data above.


Graph of the Day Archive.  

"Greenland Ice Cap Melting Faster Than Ever ... Satellite observations and a state-of-the art regional atmospheric model have independently confirmed that the Greenland ice sheet is losing mass at an accelerating rate, reports a new study in Science... The Greenland ice sheet contains enough water to cause a global sea level rise of seven metres."

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2009).  



Source:  University of Illinois, Polar Research Group, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences


Hoven's Index for November 17, 2009


Area of Antarctic ice sheet:  5.4 million square miles.

Area of Greenland ice sheet:  0.656 million square miles.

Volume of Antarctic ice sheet:  7.2 million cubic miles.

Volume of Greenland ice sheet:  0.684 million cubic miles.

Percentage of all freshwater ice on earth contained in Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets:  99%.


National Snow and Ice Data Center.  (Wikipedia used for volume of Greenland's ice sheet.)


Percentage of all freshwater ice on earth contained in the Antarctic ice sheet:  90.4%.

Percentage contained in the Greenland ice sheet:  8.6%.

Percentage contained in all other ice sheets and glaciers combined:  1%.


Source:  Calculations by author, from data above.


Graph of the Day Archive.