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Icelandic Glaciers Disappearing Fast

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Icelandic Glaciers Disappearing Fast

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Since the millennium, the Icelandic glaciers have lost 12 percent of their size, in less than 15 years.

New measurements from the mapping company Loftmyndir show that glaciers no longer appear to cover 11,922 sq. km of Iceland, as the official figures state (which is about 12 percent of the country’s total area). Instead, the mapping carried out by Loftmyndir indicates that glaciers covered 10,462 sq. km last summer, which is ten percent of Iceland, mbl.is reports.

The official size of Hofsjökull glacier is 925 sq. km, but Loftmyndir now says it is only 827 sq. km. The assertion is made based on new high definition aerial images and pictures from the satellite Landsat8. Hofsjökull is, they claim, ten percent smaller than 15 years ago.

The glacier that has retreated the furthest in the last years is Sólheimajökull, Iceland’s southernmost glacier.

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