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Algae Blooms Make Glaciers Melt Faster
A study released last month by the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted that glaciers in polar and high mountain regions will likely lose “substantial mass” by the end of the century, ultimately raising sea levels.

“Glacial darkening” is where deep purple, bulbous algae sprout on a layer of naturally occurring dust mixed with soot from air pollution and forest fires. Their presence has been confirmed for decades but as temperatures rise, more algae are thriving on the ice surface, staining glaciers the world over. 

The darkened ice melts faster and is expected to increase the current rate of melting by up to 10%.  A number which scientists say is conservative.


 
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