Norwegian glacier became twice left

26.01.2015

Austfonna glacier, located on the island of North East Land, part of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, has lost half weight in recent years. The speed of «slimming» glacier during the last ten years has increased several times, as evidenced by the satellite observations. The main part of the ice cover Austfonna was less than 50 meters, and the total area of ‚Äč‚Äčthinning ice was close to the top of the glacier and is now about ten kilometers away.

Norwegian glacier became twice left

Austfonna moving part - the so-called outlet glacier – is also gaining speed: he now moves on the Arctic Ocean at a speed of 0.5 meters per hour or 3.8 miles per year. This is 25 times faster than in 2012. Scientists attribute this phenomenon to the accelerating process of raising the temperature of water in the oceans. And in the near future melting will become faster.