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The first glacier declared dead

The first glacier declared dead

The glaciers are in danger and it is estimated that in the next 200 years they will all have the same fate as Okjökull, the first glacier declared dead.

Iceland has 400 glaciers and has just lost the first due to climate change. Many others, could in the coming years, suffer the same fate. In the last 20 years the glaciers of the island of ice and fire have lost 7% of their volume.

Very shocking NASA satellite images show the gradual disappearance of the enormous Okjökull glacier in the last three decades. The glacier "Ok" was melting throughout the 20th century until it is now declared "dead".

A geological map from 1901 estimates that the "Ok" covered an area of ​​about 38 square kilometers. In 1978, aerial images showed that the glacier measured 3 square kilometers, while today it does not have even a square kilometer of ice.

On August 18, 2019, scientists will be among those who gather for a memorial atop Ok volcano in west-central #Iceland. The deceased being remembered is Okjökull — a once-iconic #glacier that was declared dead in 2014. https://t.co/IbwDha54cB #NASA #Landsat pic.twitter.com/pSFD08UohO

- NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) August 12, 2019

”With this monument we recognize that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only in the future will we know if we succeed ", continues the message on the plate, dated August 2019 and accompanied by the rate of current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, professors of anthropology at Rice University (USA), will meet next Sunday, August 18, at the top of the Ok volcano, located in west-central Iceland, to place the commemorative plaque.

"The rest of Iceland's glaciers will share the same fate as Okjökull unless we act radically now and drastically reduce the emissions that cause the greenhouse effect"Howe says.

We want to emphasize that this is up to us, the living, responding to the rapid loss of glaciers and the effects of climate change. It's too late for the Okjökull glacier.
CYMENE HOWE
Professor of Anthropology at Rice University (USA)

The north of the planet is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, we have seen it this June, the hottest month ever recorded in the Arctic. This rapid increase in temperatures will reach a "critical point", the scientists argue.

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