Dust and algae darken the Greenland ice sheet

Dust and algae darken the Greenland ice sheet

Dust and algae darken the Greenland ice sheet

Dust and algae darken the Greenland ice sheet during the summer months. The dark matter absorbs solar radiation and causes the ice to melt faster. Ocean color satellites can help researchers map glacier algal blooms and better understand how biological organisms contribute to ice loss.

IMAGE: Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute