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Naming Iceland’s Small Glaciers

Geologist Oddur Sigurðsson is working on a new atlas of Icelandic glaciers. The atlas is book 11 in the series Satellite Image Atlas of the World, published by USGS in the U.S, Morgunblaðið reports.

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The new atlas shows glaciers as they were in 1890 and today. According to Oddur, 130 small glaciers were without names, so he has been talking to locals to try to find names for all the small unnamed glaciers. Most of them are located on the two peninsulas on both sides of Eyjafjörður bay, North Iceland.

Glaciers in Iceland have been retreating for the past 123 years, or since 1890. The largest glacier Vatnajökull, which covers more than eight percent of Iceland, is seven percent smaller than it was then. The small glacier Ok, in West Iceland, lost three quarters of it original size over the same period.

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