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31 אוגוסט, 2012

Snæfellsness Glacier Peak Ice-free

29.08.2012 | 11:58

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Snæfellsness Glacier Peak Ice-free
Rapid melting of Snæfellsjökull glacier has left its highest peak bare for the first time.




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Snæfellsness glacier. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson flew over the glacier on August 26 and says he believes this is the first time that the peak, which lies at 1,446 meters, is completely ice-free, mbl.is reports.

According to Haraldur, the new development will allow scientists to explore the peak’s sedimentary strata and learn more about the glacier’s volcanic history.

31.08.2012 | 16:15


Iceland’s Glaciers to Disappear in 150-200 Years
Iceland’s glaciers will vanish within 150-200 years according to glaciologist Helgi Björnsson at the University of Iceland.




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Snæfellsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Helgi says that models show that if the melting rate of the last two decades continues, Snæfellsjökull, which has an average thickness of just 30 meters, will disappear in as many years.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Snæfellsness’ highest peak is ice-free for the first time after rapid melt this summer.

According to Helgi, Iceland’s glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate, at 1.3 to 1.8 meters per year, ruv.is reports.
Helgi points out that climate change forecasts predict a warming of two degrees by the end of the century.

Similar predictions on the melting of Iceland's glaciers have been made in the past.

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