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Muddying Greenland's meltwaters

Satellite measurements indicate that Greenland's meltwater rivers are exporting one billion tons of sediment annually, a process that is controlled by the sliding rate of glaciers. This rate is nearly 10% of the fluvial sediment discharge to the ocean.

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Figure 1: The author and former PhD student Maya Bhatia collecting samples of subglacial discharge from a land-terminating glacier of the Greenland ice sheet.

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Charette, M. Muddying Greenland's meltwaters. Nature Geosci 10, 804–805 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo3055

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