May 5, 2010

Earth is Crying in Norway Ice Layer

The glacier, briefly, was like the other glaciers in the frozen Arctic. But in a closer observation, a painful face painted on the wall of melting ice, which was the crying and the flowing tears of river. Image of sad 'Mother Earth' that was seen by local residents during the process of melting, with ice that melt and snow falling into the sea below.

Figure draw on Austfonna ice Nordaustlandet located at Svalbard Islands, Norway would almost certainly be used for environmental activists to protest climate change. Sea-level rise caused by melting ice is one of the main worries of the impact of global warming. Experts have warned that countries that are in the lowlands will be below at the water surface.

The figure of 'Crying' Mother Earth was taken by a Navy photographer and lecturer of environmental Michael Nolan in an annual voyage to observe the glaciers and wild life around him. Jon Ove Hagen, a glacier expert who is also a member of the World Glacier Monitoring Bureau (World Glacier Monitoring Service / WGMS) and Geosains professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, has confirmed that the layer of ice that gives the image of 'Crying' Mother Earth is continually shrinking as much as 160 feet every year for decades. Hagen has studied Austfonna ice since 1988.

Austfonna is the largest ice shelf area in Norway, precisely on the island of Svalbard Nordaustlandet. Austfonna has a broad about 3000 square miles and so far is the largest ice sheet on Svalbard, and one of the largest in the Arctic.

The shrinkage of glacier surface in Austfonna in 12 years have averaged 160 feet per year. Geometry of the ice region is changing. The front continued to retreat, the bottom becomes thinner, with a depletion rate of three feet per year, while the interior thickened about 1.6 feet per year. Layer decreased about 1.6 cubic miles of ice every year.

Austfonna is the second largest area of ice sheet in Europe after Iceland and Vatnajvkull and classified seventh in the world.

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