Following on from my #climate series. Here are two photos of #Iceland #Glaciers the first, is from Sólheimajökull Glacier near the southern tip of Iceland as it appeared in April 2009 (top) and the same view in February 2012 (bottom), showing how much the glacier has diminished within just a few years from my last trip! Photograph analysis was done by James Balog at the Extreme Ice Survey,
The glacier, Solheimajokull, a tongue of ice reaching toward Iceland's south-east coast, has become an apologue of climate change in recent years: Retreating an average of one Olympic pool-length every year for the past two decades due to climbing temperatures, warming ocean currents and disrupted seasons. Iceland, lying just below the Arctic Circle, is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet – as much a four times the Northern Hemisphere average. The 300-some glaciers that cover more than 10 percent of the island are losing an average of 11 billion tons of ice a year. - The annual volume carried away from Iceland's glaciers and not replaced by new snow would fill 50 of the world's largest trucks every minute for the entire year.
Some of the country's glaciers have vanished already and several others will be gone within a decade or two, and a generation from now there may not be enough water to drive turbines or slake a nation's thirst. Dust storms will swirl over dry glacier beds while huge expanses of exposed earth erode. Without glaciers, one resident quipped, Iceland is "just land."