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The rapid unloading of ice from the southeastern sector of the Greenland ice sheet between 2001 and 2006 caused an elastic uplift of similar to 35 mm at a GPS site in Kulusuk. Most of the uplift results from ice dynamic-induced volume losses on two nearby outlet glaciers. Volume loss from Helheim Glacier, calculated from sequential digital elevation models, contributes about similar to 16 mm of the observed uplift, with an additional similar to 5 mm from volume loss of Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier. The remaining uplift signal is attributed to significant melt-induced ice volume loss from the ice sheet margin along the southeast coast between 62 degrees N and 66 degrees N.

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Khan, SA, Wahr, J, Stearns, LA, Hamilton, GS, van Dam, T, Larson, KM, and Francis, O, 2007, Elastic Uplift in Southeast Greenland Due to Rapid Ice Mass Loss: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 34, L21701. To view the published open abstract, go to and enter the DOI.

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