Here are a few things that we know about the Greenland Ice Sheet: 1) it’s big — like, almost 2.5 times the size of Texas; 2) it’s beautiful — I mean, just look at it; and 3) it’s melting.

Now, here are a few things that we don’t know about the ice sheet: 1) is it cool if we call it GrIS?; 2) why is it so eager to get back to that pre-Oligocene epoch weight?; and 3) what else is that big galoot leaching into the sea besides water?

One of these is more important than the others, so let’s start with that one. According to a new study published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Greenland is indeed releasing more than just water into the Arctic Ocean. It’s also releasing about 400,000 metric tons of phosphorous per year — about 11,000 metric tons of which is “bioavailable,” or accessible as nutrients to surrounding marine life.