Meltwater from the top of the west Greenlandic ice sheet drains into a moulin during the summer, approximately 100 miles southeast of Ilulissat. The meltwater from the moulin will eventually find its way to the glacier base nearly a mile below. Once there, it will help lubricate the glacier and bedrock, propelling the ice onward towards the Atlantic Ocean.
A study published by the National Academy of Sciences earlier this week now projects that sea level rise by the end of the century may reach two meters, nearly twice what was previously thought to be the worst case scenario. Global warming is a real and accelerating force that we must deal with and overcome if we hope for our future generations to inherit the forgiving and habitable climate we currently enjoy.
All that being said, Greenland is still a sea, ice and landscape unlike any other I've ever experienced and is ripe with visual splendor. I'm looking forward to returning to there this September as an instructor for a workshop offered by Visionary Wild. Spots are still open in the workshop, so if this interests you, please follow the link in my bio.