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Snaefellsjökull Glacier Disappearing

By Iceland Review

In ten years, Snaefellsjökull glacier has attenuated by approximately thirteen meters, ruv.is reports. The glacier is melting at a rate twice that of some other glaciers. Should the glacier continue this way, it will have disappeared by the turn of the century.

Snaefellsjökull glacier. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Only a few decades from now, it can be expected that the spectacular view inhabitants of Reykjavik enjoy when looking northwards will have changed drastically.

Snaefellsjökull glacier is currently 12,5 square kilometers in size.

The Weather Bureau and others have been investigating the extent of how much it has melted in the last ten years. Measurements show that it has shrunk by about thirteen meters or about 1,5 meters every year.

Geophysicist at the Weather Bureau Tómas Johannesson, told ruv.is that the glacier is melting fast. The reason for the fact that it is melting faster than other glaciers is its low position.

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