Nearly all of Greenland's ice sheet melts
Nearly all of the ice sheet covering Greenland's surface melted over several days in July - something scientists have never seen before.
Images from Nasa satellites have shown the largest melting since they began watching the area 30 years ago.
Even Greenland's coldest and highest place, Summit Station, experienced melting.
On average in the summer, only about half of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet naturally melts.
On 8 July, 40% of the ice sheet had thawed, but four days later this had jumped to 97%.
Nasa's Son Nghiem said: "This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: was this real or was it due to a data error?"
Meltwater in high places quickly refreezes. Meltwater near the coast is either held by the ice sheet or lost to the ocean.
It's not yet clear whether this melting will have an effect on overall volume of ice loss this summer, or sea level rise.
Published 10 months ago under Science