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Due to global human pollution, the arctic has become a toxic reservoir of heavy metals, PCBs and other deadly chemicals

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Natural News Human-induced pollution has greatly affected the Greenland ice sheet and the whole Arctic region over the last few decades.

Back in the late 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Camp Century, an army base located just below the surface of the ice sheet. The cavernous army base, big enough to accommodate up to 200 people, was home to trucks, tunnels, and even a nuclear reactor. Disguised as a research station, the army base utilized the region as a test site for deploying nuclear missiles. However, when the ice sheets started shifting, the army was forced to abandon the camp in 1967, leaving behind radioactive cooling water, diesel fuel, human waste, and other toxic compounds while accumulating snow and ice buried the camp.

Fast forward to recent years and the problem on the remaining toxic wastes persists. In fact, a study published last year found that the rapidly shifting and melting Arctic ice caps may well reveal the army base by the end of the century, potentially exposing the people to a plethora of toxic chemicals and pollutants long buried in the ice. The already worsening global warming is also expected to generate more cracks on the Greenland ice sheet, an expert cautioned.

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‘Grand Canyon’ of Greenland Discovered Under Ice Sheet

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

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http://www.livescience.com/39289-greenland-longest-canyon-discovered.html

The age of discovery isn’t over yet. A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland‘s ice sheet, scientists announced today (Aug. 29) in the journal Science.

“You think that everything that could be known about the land surface is known, but it’s not,” said Jonathan Bamber, lead study author and a geographer at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. “There’s still so much to learn about the planet.”

The great gorge meanders northward from Summit, the highest point in central Greenland, toward Petermann Glacier on the northwest coast, covering more than 460 miles (750 kilometers). Researchers think the ravine could be even longer, but they don’t yet have the data to prove where the canyon peters out deep under the interior ice sheet. “It may actually go farther south,” Bamber told LiveScience‘s OurAmazingPlanet.

[See Photos of Mega-Canyon Under Greenland Ice Sheet]

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