A 'Massive' Wildfire Is Now Blazing In Greenland

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In a region better known for its ice and snow, it's a fire that now has scientists struggling to learn more. Since at least the end of last month, a stretch of land in western Greenland has been alight with a with a "sizable wildfire," NASA says.

The fire is burning roughly 90 miles northeast of Sisimiut, a town of about 5,500 that rests on the island's west coast, according to NASA. Citing local reports, the publication Climate Central reports the fire observed by the agency consists of a series of blazes — the largest of which is about 3,000 acres. "These fires appear to be peatland fires," Jessica L. McCarty of Miami University told Wildfire Today.

As The New York Times has pointed out, peat is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change — drying out as temperatures rise — and especially dangerous for exacerbating climate change if it burns. "It's carbon that has accumulated over several thousands of years," one researcher told the paper last year. "If it were to be released, the global CO2 concentration would be much higher."

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