Glacier Retreats Nearly 900 Meters, Not 240, in Twenty Years

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Glacier Retreats Nearly 900 Meters, Not 240, in Twenty Years

By Zoë Robert
Sólheimajökull glacier

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

According to the Glacier Research Society of Iceland, Sólheimajökull glacier in the south of the country has retreated 887 meters since 1995, not 240 meters as earlier reported. The original story on ruv.is stated that according to geologist Björn Oddsson the glacier had shrunk by 240 meters.

The Glacier Research Society of Iceland says that the glacier retreated 951 meters between 1930 and 1970 but then grew 469 meters from 1970 to 1995. The glacier then started to retreat again and has shrunk 887 meters in the last two decades. 

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