How much climate change is altering the face of the planet, is most evident in the so-called eternal ice, this has now turned out to be but finally. The polar ice caps are melting, increased temperatures in the very cold regions of the earth cause the ice goes back further and further. Are also affected the glacier.

in the year 2014, the glacier Okjökull lost on the summit of the volcano in Iceland Ok his title. It was simply too little ice is left, to be able to flow. This is the decisive criterion for a glacier. Scientists from the Rice University in Houston is in August, a memorial plaque at the site attaching that to remember the former glacier, and at the same time, a haunting reminder of the humanity.

Fullscreen ©Rice University memorial plaque on the glacier as a letter to the future

As a “letter to the future” is the heading of the table. “Ok is the first Icelandic glacier, has lost its glacier status. It is expected that in the next 200 years, all our glaciers will be consequences,” it says. Then, the scientists of future generations: “This monument turn confirms that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know whether we have done it.”

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The Anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer from Rice University had shot the documentary “Not Ok” on the glacier, the Film had celebrated last summer’s Premiere. With the plaque you want to draw attention to the fact, “what is lost when the glaciers disappear from the earth,” said Howe, in a communication of the University. “These ice formations are frozen, the largest fresh water reserves on our planet, in the history of our atmosphere.”

All the glaciers in Iceland are threatened

Dominic Boyer adds: “it was Ok the first named Icelandic glacier that has melted due to the changes in the earth’s atmosphere caused by the people. All the glaciers in Iceland will not share his fate, if we act now, and our greenhouse gas emissions.”

In Iceland, there is a total of more than 400 glaciers, of which more than 200 are named. In total, they cover eleven percent of the land area. Scientists Erik Sturkell, University of Gothenburg, calculated in the year 2011, that of the glaciers since the year 1890 more than 300 cubic kilometers of surface to be sealed. Up to the year 2200 it is calculated according to the current state so that all of the glaciers will be gone in Iceland.

sources: Rice University / research by Erik Sturell

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