In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise. This animation shows the average yearly change in mass, as measured by the NASA/German Aerospace Cetner Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission. The animation shows ice loss over the Indian subcontinent, as measured in centimeters of water, from 2003 to 2010. The yellow circles mark locations of glaciers. There is significant mass loss in this region (denoted by the blue and purple colors), but it is concentrated over the plains south of the glaciers, and is caused by groundwater depletion. A colorbar overlay shows the range of values displayed. Read more about this study, published Feb. 8, 2012 in Nature, here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/grace20120208.html See animations of a global glacier inventory and ice loss around the world here: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003906/ See animations of ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003910/
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