Melting Point Greenland (2012)

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In the summer of 2012, one of the most vital ecosystems on earth, the Greenland ice sheet, experienced a meltdown that alarmed scientists the world over. Greenland is an island encased in ice and it’s the world’s second largest ice sheet after Antarctica. That summer, ninety-seven percent of the surface ice melted. “Melting Point” is a comprehensive examination of this event.

Videographer Snorre Wik shot the footage under tough conditions—hauling around 1,000 pounds of gear by helicopter, by SUV (on Greenland’s mostly dirt roads) and out on a thinning ice sheet made treacherous by the sun. His efforts were both breathtaking and disturbing. Additionally, Jens Christiansson is responsible for filming the destruction of the Watson River bridge. Marco Tedesco and his team of researchers filmed the moulins and ice cap during the record meltoff.

More Info Climate State

Greenland: A Ring of Mountains – an Atoll Under the Ice Sheet
Greenland Goes Green: Ice Sheet Melted in Four Days PBS

Marco Tedesco’s scientific site on Greenland melt, including data, maps, plots, discussion, and scientific literature.

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Get satellite images and information about surface melting on the Greenland ice sheet.
August 28, 2013 Greenland’s surface ice melt season reached a peak in late July, coinciding with a period of very warm weather. Greenland’s melt season this year will be closer to average than was 2012, with far less melting in the northern ice sheet and at high elevations. Nevertheless, an all-time record high temperature for Greenland may have been set in 2013.

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The Danish Arctic research institutions present updated knowledge on the condition of two major components of the Arctic: The Greenland Ice Sheet and the sea ice

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2013 Greenland Ice Sheet

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  1. Snorre Wik December 22, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for watching!

  2. PhotoByHE Havar Espedal December 24, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Amazing ! You sir are a Rock Star !

  3. fenajo69 January 21, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Great documentary on Greenland. Thank you so much!

  4. Ed Chavez February 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    *Learn* more about the world you live in.

  5. James Kennedy February 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Beautifully done!

  6. James Kennedy February 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Whoa, scary reference to the Titanic.

  7. Kailash Shrestha March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    uploaded on 21st december 2012

  8. Snorre Wik May 17, 2013 at 3:17 am - Reply

    thank you!

  9. Snorre Wik May 17, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    thank you!

  10. Snorre Wik May 17, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    thank you!

  11. Snorre Wik May 17, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    thanks, bro! Happy 17th!

  12. PhotoByHE Havar Espedal May 17, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    And Happy 17th to you sir :D I will be shooting a wedding this saturday so
    I won’t be able to do the Caderock park meeting

  13. brian king May 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    scarey stuff.

  14. Karen Hegelund Nielsen June 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply


  15. 7779juliana June 19, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting this vid.. very educational…

  16. Larkinchance June 25, 2013 at 1:36 am - Reply

    They say that they want an iron mine but you can sure bet that they are
    look for something else… With all the scrap iron in the world why build a
    mine in Greenland?.. I would not trust that company.. Their geologist have
    found something more lucrative..

  17. pattersonkeith July 1, 2013 at 5:36 am - Reply

    great doc, really hope to visit here in the next couple of years. i’m even
    looking to living there for a year and maybe teach kids english or
    something for work

  18. pattersonkeith July 1, 2013 at 5:44 am - Reply

    i do think that some drilling could be great for greenland economically,
    the world’s future could depend on what greenland has to offer for oil. but
    i do agree it has it’s downfalls when it comes greenland’s nature and all

  19. zohanthecat July 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    gold and diamonds. canadian north full of it.

  20. jULia rusdan July 14, 2013 at 1:52 am - Reply

    are you from Greenland?

  21. Kurt Seljeseth July 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    The news documentary Melting Point, by Snorre Wik, nominated for a National
    Emmy Award

  22. Rich Green August 15, 2013 at 2:47 am - Reply

    It is so highly important that we realize that the earth is constantly
    changing. It is , yes, very cyclical and the earth is part of a dynamic
    changing orbisphere. We can no longer think of it as part of mans diong any
    more than we can think we have a thing to do with the changing tectonic
    plates that cause mass destruction, tsunamis, pyroclastic flows that
    deposit huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. We are not that capable
    of changing what already has started millions of years ago!

  23. Lakeguy1234 September 9, 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Yes Rich, the earth is changing and this time it is us who are changing it.
    Do a little research with an open mind and you might be surprised what you
    find out…

  24. toxic haze September 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    what does beer cost in greenland

  25. stthomasaquarius September 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I think you are thinking of the Antarctic.

  26. gabriel524able October 2, 2013 at 3:10 am - Reply

    You do realize that there have been 12 meltdowns in the past, long before
    the human race ever existed, right? It’s a normal process. Research it! Man
    made global warming is a myth! We are still technically in the ice age!

  27. Scott F October 4, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply

    i’m all for the earth warming up. no more cold winters.

  28. Mehdi Al-Lawati October 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Oh please, come over to southern Middle East and you might change your mind

  29. Scott F October 23, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    you guys got great weather, sunny every day. too hot? small price to pay
    for everyday blue skies. i would just put on my shorts and sandals and turn
    on the aircon

  30. Nathan Ackerman November 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    important story, great cinematography. thanks for doing this.

  31. buchananstreet November 19, 2013 at 4:09 am - Reply

    total bunch of total bullshit ! turn on the BULLSHITOMETER ! BULL SHIT! !
    how sick I am of neurotic, obsessed, rigid eyed and hellishly ugly
    american scientist women spread ing irrational panic on all kinds of
    things – just because these ugly and greedy white ” science ” women they
    have orgasm problems! they cant fuck and cannot BE fucked and let
    themselves go in bed and THATS why they run around the world inventing
    new THREATS wherever they step, to satisfy their needed modicum of DANGER
    missing in their sad and festering beds at home . GLOBAL
    WARMING has become their latest psychotic obsession in their mania to
    save and dominate our world which they think is THEIRS. matterfact, in
    2013 the ice caps on BOTH poles have practically DOUBLED compared to
    2012 but about THAT they suspiciously now keep their big and rational
    mouths SHUT. it has simply DOUBLED and THATS no GLOBAL WARMING at all. read
    NASA studies, watch the satellite fotos and read anchorage newspapers
    and GET INFORMED a bit. now, even if YOU say that a slight increase in
    ice is no recovery, im telling you that a DOUBLING within ONE single
    year is simply the end of all global warming nonsense talk. it hasnt
    increased a meagre ten percent or so but has DOUBLED WITHIN ONE SINGLE
    YEAR and THATS world COOLING and NOT warming. its all a rude bunch of
    bullshit they keep lying to us with. i know that STALIN said : ” if the
    theory and the facts do not match – then to hell with the facts !” and
    THAT attitude is exactly what these evil mainstream science gun women
    and wanky creep types with no balls keep whining along with -they are
    a bunch of pseudo scientific STALINISTS posing as THE REAL THING and
    pretending that THEY are the high priests of truth, just because their
    divorced middle class parents were able to finance them university in
    which unfortunately their stupid kids learned nothing but a bunch of

  32. buchananstreet November 19, 2013 at 4:10 am - Reply


  33. Peter von Ann Arbor November 25, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    I was there this year, by ship and helicopter. Saw a lot. Incredible.
    Scary. Am a geologist, etc. One contributor to ice melt not mentioned is
    soot on ice increases absorption of solar rays. Yup, the white snow/ice is
    graying, mostly due to coal and forest fires.

    Don’t like sharing more commentary with morons (sorry you enlightened

  34. NewEstonia November 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Those who say that we are still in a ice age and that the climate change is cyclic are contradicting themselves. Because if we are in an ice age and the ice is melting then it means that the melting is caused by something else than nature. That leaves pretty much only humans.

  35. xZoN3LiinK December 5, 2013 at 3:16 am - Reply

    this documental is very good. i learned a lot

  36. Shawn Smith December 26, 2013 at 5:41 am - Reply

    I’m going to drive my car for no reason until the ocean is high enough to destroy NYC.

  37. Virak Thong January 6, 2014 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Why most environmentalists always live in the most expensive home and
    flying around with private jet like Al Gore and blaming on gasoline?raise
    more taxes?

  38. rageridersrx January 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    check out greenlands lost squadron lost in wwII when these planes were recovered in the 90’s they were buried under 260 feet of ice

  39. Hank Justice January 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Ice loss in Greenland has been estimated at 93-191 giga-tons per year from
    1992-2011. So, 1 gtn of ice = 1 km3 (cubic) of ice. Total volume of ice
    mass in Greenland is about 5 million Km3. If we set the melt rate at 142 gt
    per year, that is 0.003 % of its total ice mass, for the next 90 years, the
    total loss will be 0.3% (by 2100). Furthermore, it will be totally melted
    in 35,211 years. Catastrophic huh?

  40. Hank Justice January 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Furthermore, the melt rate of Antarctica and Greenland is about 1/24th that
    of the Holocene Transgression which was ~ 10mm/yr for 10,000 years! Bottom
    line is that we are no where near that rate. Much faster than anyone
    predicted? Don’t think so, at least from a geological standpoint. Must
    understand our past. Need to take another look at it.

  41. Dan Ski January 26, 2014 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Greenland sounds like a great place to live if you like the cold.

  42. Dan Ski January 26, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I believe the north ice is getting smaller but i also hear the south pole
    is getting bigger. I would assume that would off balance the system. This
    could be the natural cycle and eventually the north will get ice and the
    south will shrink. I do still think we pump too much crap into the air and
    waters though.

  43. Kirk Niese January 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been showing this to my class of 8th
    graders as we talk about how Greenland and Antarctica are barometers for
    climate change. Not very uplifting but VERY important for our future
    generations to see.

  44. sunshineuk1965 February 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Greenland is set to get raped. And the moguls will drill, dig, and frack
    the country to death then the ice will disapear and we all die. Yoopie
    pass the deer sausage!

  45. Vulcannons February 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    i think its great its melting. Nothing is forever and its time for a
    change. Keep in mind that Greenland wasnt always covered in ice. Its time
    some other country take Greenlands place.

  46. Kaspar Emir Vasilios Indra Nathan Duco February 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    very interesting documentary indeed :) This will help people understand more all about nature of our mother earth , as apart of this modernized world we should do our part of protecting it and preserving it for the next generation of human …….

  47. NoEcologyNoEconomy February 17, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Force Rush Limbaugh to stand on one of those eroding banks. The GOP are evil.

  48. NotSoSmartAtheist Kek February 19, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    I hope it will rain or snow on the panet for like 8 months non stop just so I can see all u bitchis panic.

  49. saltpan8005 February 19, 2014 at 8:52 am - Reply

    So Greenland is melting. What does that mean for the people of this earth? Changes you can’t imagine and not in 100 years but now. in California there has been 1.21 inches of rain in almost a year, less than most extreme deserts. The economies of all the country’s in the world will be affected and so will the wildlife. This isn’t God’s revenge like some think but the earths attempt to shake off a bunch of fleas who are poisoning her.

  50. stephen feldmeier February 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Everyone is fearing global warming for the retreating of the glaciers. For
    the glaciers to stop retreating the Earth will have to have a constant
    below freezing temperature above the 45th parallel year around, in other
    words the United States would be part of the north pole. This is what it
    took to make glaciers in the first place, freezing temperatures year around
    which was known as the Ice Age. People are fearing the winter that the
    North East is having this year and that we were in climate change because
    of the green house gases.

    Well let’s look at some facts!
    Here is is Earth’s atmosphere

    Nitrogen (N2) 780,840 ppmv (78.084%)
    Oxygen (O2) 209,460 ppmv (20.946%)
    Argon (Ar) 9,340 ppmv (0.9340%)

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) 397 ppmv (0.0397%)

    Neon (Ne) 18.18 ppmv (0.001818%)
    Helium (He) 5.24 ppmv (0.000524%)
    Methane (CH4) 1.79 ppmv (0.000179%)80,840 ppmv (78.084%)

    With CO2 being less than 1 half of a tenth of a percent, there is no way it
    can reach the levels to where it will start effecting temperatures. The
    danger is plants and plankton need CO2 to survive. The people should fear
    that the CO2 levels are too low.

    All we are doing is witnessing the last of the ice age melting and people
    are panicking. They would start to panic if the reverse were happening if
    Iceland would remain below freezing year around. You can’t have winters and
    summers and except the glaciers to remain the same. The earth is still
    going to have it’s warming cycle and cooling cycle. We just happened to be
    in the warming cycle, when the cooling cycle starts and Earth goes back to
    the Ice Age then what happens? Come people common sense goes a long way in

  51. iLoveNTU February 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    This is what happen to “free riders” whereby some people make an attempt to
    save the Earth while others took advantage of it, not mentioning when money
    and politics come into play.

  52. Jon Snow February 23, 2014 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Vikings grew barley in Greenland
    A sensational find at the bottom of an ancient rubbish heap in Greenland
    suggests that Vikings grew barley on the island 1,000 years ago.
    The Greenland climate was a bit warmer than it is today, and the
    southernmost tip of the great island was luscious and green and no doubt
    tempted Eric the Red and his followers.

    The planet had to warm since we were in a small ice age. But it is stopped
    warming and now only climate change that is also normal for the planet.
    Glaciers disappearing while the ice cap on the South-Pole is growing.

    40:11 pssttt… if all ice would melt, the North pole ice cap would
    decrease the water level, fill up a cup with ice and water and you will see
    when the ice melt the water level drops, ice is lighter than water and
    consumes much more space….

    Sorry, but in real science there is no money, no nominee or fame.
    Politicians don’t pay for scientist to tell the truth.

  53. Rob Poe March 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    climate and global warming – you are so full of shit it is incredible. just
    as any living thing, the earth goes through cycles. so get off your global
    warming high horse.

  54. Baronstone March 23, 2014 at 6:03 am - Reply

    ROFLMAO, so they go to Greenland during the summer and are chocked to find
    melt water ponds?? Oh and they are even more shocked when those ponds drain
    away!?!?! Really, I mean REALLY?

  55. kash krupa March 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    And in 2014 the melting has gotten worse:

    Sea levels will probably rise more now that the last remaining stable
    portion of Greenland’s ice sheet — the world’s second-largest — is no
    longer stable, a study says.
    “We’re seeing an acceleration of ice loss,” says study co-author Michael
    Bevis, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University. “Now, there’s
    more ice leaving than snow arriving.” He says the rapid change in the
    northeast region “surprised everyone.”

  56. AncientDestructions March 31, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

  57. Donald Wyeth April 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Baronstone et al.,….please do some homework! Global Climate Change is
    real. The issues are complicated and very convoluted. There are no
    simplistic ways to describe or explain this problem. Please criticize from
    a knowledge base, not from emotions. Thanks

  58. James Holder April 5, 2014 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I cannot believe the things I am reading.. All of this is the direct result
    from cow farts. Nothing more.

  59. Butch Cassidy April 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    This is demented fear mongering that blends only bad effects with the
    current causes. Global warming is one issue, energy and mining companies
    are another. Global warming activist tend to obfuscate the two.

  60. PrairleDoggedRez April 11, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    What a nest of alarmist wallies ~ quite amusing to observe how they dismiss
    past ice losses so flippantly ~ tsk tsk.

  61. FridayJunior1 April 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Greenland is going to be everyone’s sanctuary under present

  62. FridayJunior1 April 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Greenland is going to be everyone’s sanctuary under present

  63. Alex S April 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    This is not a matter of debate or beliefs. This is a matter of you are
    either stupid or not. Global warming has consequences

  64. Omar Aden April 13, 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I don’t get it

  65. Bob Humble April 22, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Would it not also be possible that there is a rising of the hot spot
    beneath Greenland? This would increase the melt rate due to increased
    temperatures from below. If you combine that with volcanic ash from the
    Icelandic eruption laying on the surface of the ice sheet, the melt rate
    would dramatically increase. All of this increase could be happening
    without jumping on the “global warming” “climate change” bandwagons.

  66. Karl Slicher April 23, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

    “Westernised society”, so there will be McDonalds wrappers floating in the
    waters and fatness will the nation’s biggest killer soon? This is greed by
    corrupt politicians, always is.

  67. Karl Slicher April 23, 2014 at 12:23 am - Reply

    They BS about the Artic to. The ice does displace the water but the iced
    water is trapped at the pole, not free-floating to add to the tides. The
    Earth is geodesic They’re so stupid to expect people to not see that when
    they try to gloss-over the bad news.

  68. Jass Nijjer April 24, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply


  69. FPLANETA FPLANET April 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    (Melting Point Greenland)

  70. fatcat2939 May 1, 2014 at 12:12 am - Reply

    After listening to the narration, I’m glad that we are about to become

  71. fatcat2939 May 1, 2014 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Who the fuq chose the narrator!

  72. Leslie Graham May 5, 2014 at 1:52 am - Reply

    The Artic ice extent in 2013 was the fifth LOWEST on record at 425,000
    square liles BELOW average.
    Simple observable measurable fact.
    The article in the Daily Mail by David Rose was fraudulant – he compared
    the extent in early August 2013 with the extent on 23 September 2012.
    Amazing how easily some hapless dupes are fooled by a third rate hack but
    they will ignore real time measurements.
    2014 is already back at record low extent for the time of year today ( May

  73. Helen Merced May 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Thats bull shit its not ppl there is no such thing as gobal warning its the
    sun ppl! the sun is getting hotter dont believe me good do ur own research!

  74. OfficialPaulBot May 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I swear that dude said moose cocks

  75. marvin tacasa May 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    beautiful place:-)

  76. Siddharth Sankar Pati June 1, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    A really well-made documentary. I enjoyed watching it

  77. Lyle Campbell June 2, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    This is a propaganda piece, so don’t waste your time.

  78. Tiare P June 7, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Its interesting to see so many opinions and lack of empathy… thinking
    they know everything and being sarcastic. Sad…the only people who really
    know whats going on is those scientists who invest their time into the

  79. tim Lazenby June 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    As a giver of good tidings and a warner; but most of them turn away, so
    they do not hear.

  80. tim Lazenby June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I give it 15 years max!!

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