OK – No more.
by: Rafn Sig,-
Our first Glacier is gone.
In Iceland we have around 400 glaciers and all of them will be melted around 2170 if we continue like this.
For over a century, the glacier was about 15 square kilometers and more than 50 meters thick, but now it is less than one square kilometer and about 15 meters thick.
To be considered a glacier, the ice must be about 40-50 meters thick and crawl under its own weight.
In September 2014, we got the news that the glacier Ok in the same mountain in Borgarfjörður was no longer considered a glacier. Oddur Sigurdsson, a glacial scientist, ruled that the snow was no longer thick enough to slip under his own weight and was therefore not considered a glacier. In doing so, Ok became the country’s first glacier to lose this name.
Okjökull, also called Ok (jökull is Icelandic for “glacier”), was part of the Langjökull group—one of Iceland’s eight regional groupings of glaciers. Ice covers about 10 percent of the island, making it an integral part of the landscape.
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument written by the author Andri Snær Magnason to be unveiled in August 18th 2019 at the site of the former glacier.
This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world,” Howe said. “By marking Ok’s passing, we hope to draw attention to what is being lost as Earth’s glaciers expire. These bodies of ice are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet and frozen within them are histories of the atmosphere. They are also often important cultural forms that are full of significance”.
Loss of glacial ice has wide-ranging effects, with the potential to impact water resources, infrastructure, and even the rising of the land as it rebounds under a lighter load of ice.