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The Greenland ice sheet contains about $3$ million cubic kilometers of ice. If completely melted, this ice would release about $2.5$ million cubic kilometers of water, which would spread out over Earth's $340$ million square kilometers of ocean surface. How much would sea level rise?

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VerifiedThe volume formula is:

$\text{volume}=\text{surface area}\times \text{height}$

By rearranging the equation above:

$\text{height}=\text{volume}\div \text{surface area}$

In order to calculate how much would sea level rise if the Greenland ice sheet completely melted, substitute $2.5$ million cubic kilometers for volume and $340$ million square kilometers for the surface area in the formula for height:

$\text{height}=\dfrac{2.5 \cancel{\text{ million}}\text{ km}\cancel{^3}}{340 \cancel{\text{ million }}\cancel{\text{km}^2}}=0.007\text{ km}$

Sea level would rise $0.007$ km if the Greenland ice sheet completely melted.

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