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Iceland Glaciers Retreat for 17th Consecutive Year

Glaciers in Iceland retreated again in 2012, the 17th year in a row. According to glaciologist Oddur Sigurðsson at the Icelandic Met Office, the average annual temperature for these 17 years was also above that of the reference period 1961-1990.


Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Icelandic glaciers have retreated by one meter on average per year, or 100 meters per century, Morgunblaðið reports.

Measurements of glaciers have been carried out in Iceland for around 80 years. The biggest retreat is at Breiðamerkurjökull and Skeiðarárjökull in Southeast Iceland.

Other glaciers have thinned so much that they are close to the minimum size to be defined as a glacier, including Ok, in West Iceland, Hofsjökull eystri and Þrándarjökull, near Vatnajökull, as well as Torfajökull and Kaldaklofsjökull in South Iceland.


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