Greenland Ice Sheet Releasing too Much Phosphorus

  • Glacial meltwater has been known to contain phosphorus, but as Greenland ice sheet melts, it could be releasing more of phosphorus, finds a new study.
  • The total phosphorus concentrations found in the meltwater of the Leverett glacier was 10 times greater than concentrations found in Arctic river waters, the study showed.
  • Phosphorus, key nutrient that can enrich waters of the oceans, can potentially stimulate the growth of marine food chain.