Looking at the image above, which was created by The European Space Agency (ESA), it’s hard to believe that this much of ice is disappearing across the planet each year.
The research team calculated — using data from ESA’s ERS, Envisat and CryoSat satellites as well as the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions — that the rate at which ice is melting went from 0.8 trillion tonnes per year in the ’90s to 1.3 trillion tonnes per year by 2017. The Greenland ice sheet, for example, lost 34 billion tons from 1992 – 2001, while from 2012 – 2016, lost 247 billion tons of ice.
When put into perspective next to Manhattan and Long Island, the render shows a gigantic ice cube sized 10x10x10 km (roughly 6.2 miles) which equals one trillion-tons of ice. Those interested in learning more about the severity of climate change can head over to ESA’s findings.