NVE: Glaciers are declining in all Norwegian counties

Glacier in JotunheimenPhoto: Tore Meek / NTB
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Glaciers are declining in all counties due to climate change. Since the NVE’s previous survey, several glaciers have disappeared or are about to disappear.

Norway’s total glacier area now encompasses 2,328 square kilometers, which is a reduction of 14% compared with the period 1999 to 2006, according to a new survey made by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

“The survey shows that some small glacier units have disappeared since the previous survey, all of which are located in Northern Norway. In addition, many small glaciers and formations have almost disappeared,” glacier researcher Liss M. Andreassen at the NVE warned.

Breifonn, Rogaland’s largest glacier, and Vegdalsisen in Nordland are among the glaciers that are about to disappear completely.

The melting of glaciers also causes new glacial lakes to appear at the edge of the glaciers. In the period 1999 to 2006, more than 350 such lakes were formed.

Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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