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Event Details

Glacier Melting event report

Category: Glacier Melting
Observation: 06.10.2008
Continent: North Pole
Country: Iceland
Area: Glacier Vatnajökull
Severity: Hight
Event details
A report by the government of Iceland warns that the country's glaciers will have all but disappeared by the next century. Europe's largest glacier, Iceland's Vatna-Jokull, covers an area 8000 square kilometres and is more than 900 metres thick at its deepest point. It's now melting at a rate of a metre a year, because of rising temperatures and reduced snow fall. Not everyone in Iceland, though, is concerned about climate change. Warmer temperatures have lengthened growing seasons, and one farmer's even been able to grow Iceland's first crop of wheat.
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