News of the global warming has been all over ever since the Industrial Revolution, threatening the ozone layer, the air we breathe, the animals’ life and habitat. Now a discovery makes it to the list of global warming effects: military waste in Greenland might be revealed if the snow and ice melt.
North American Greenland served as a military base during the Cold War. Various types of waste (chemical, radioactive waste) have been buried under thick layers of snow and ice in the course of time and left there to be forgotten about. Now the global warming might pull them to the surface since Greenland is one of the areas where climate takes its toll the most.
The study that revealed this ugly truth informs that the military base in question is called Camp Century. It was built in 1959 by Americans with an alleged scientific purpose, but this was only the undercover for a place where nuclear missiles were crafted and installed. Their intentions were to fire the bombshells at the Soviets.
Researchers draw attention upon the matter, but they also assure that it will take more a century for the sixty years snow to melt and reveal whatever it is presently covering. Nevertheless, the melting of the snow is a real thing.
The discovery of the new effect of global warming was made by a team of researchers at the University of New York. They were led by William Colgan, who states that the area covered in military waste at the Camp Century measures approximately 55 hectares. The camp contained small buildings and even something which seemed an improvised hospital.
In addition to that, the leader of the study declares further:
“Eighty-five years until it starts to melt out definitely is a long ways away, but if we’ve learned anything from our climate modelling over the last 20 years it’s that we generally underestimate the speed and rapidity of climate change.”
Like everything in nature, global warming is a raw force, and it can take us by surprise at any time, either by its rapid unfolding, either by its often damaging effects.
William Colgan’s study was published on August 4, in Geophysical Research Letter (journal)
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