Norwegian glaciers continue to retreat

Photo: Tore Meek / NTB

The glaciers in Norway are shrinking fast. The Styggedalsbreen glacier in Hurrungane has retreated by 37 meters from last autumn, which is the largest annual change since the measurements started.

Haugabreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park has been measured since 2013. Since then, the glacier shrank by 84 meters. The glacier retreated by five meters from last year to this year, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Nigardsbreen, also a glacier arm of Jostedalsbreen, has retreated 39 meters from last year. The glacier retreated by 138 meters in the 2001–2011 period and 480 meters between 2011 and 2021.

Other glaciers, such as the Styggedalsbreen glacier in Hurrungane, suffered a similar fate. The glacier has retreated by 37 meters from last autumn – the largest annual change since measurements began in 1901.

The glacier measurements are made under the auspices of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

Developments in Norway are, in turn, part of a global trend. Glaciers are melting and retreating all over the world, from the Arctic to the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas, and the western part of Antarctica.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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