The First Glacier Killed by Climate Change Is Getting a Haunting Memorial in Iceland
Alright was deprived of its ice sheet status in 2014, after environmental change left it minimal in excess of a cold puddle (seen here).
Vikings thought it was a dead troll. Presently, it’s simply dead ice.
Okjökull (or only “alright,” for short) is one of 400 old icy masses delegated the mountains of Iceland — in any event, it was, until a dangerous atmospheric devation shrank it so much that Ok formally lost its icy mass status in 2014.
While Ok was the principal loss of environmental change in Iceland, it most likely won’t be the last. Iceland’s icy masses are losing around 10 billion tons of ice each year, and every one of them 400 will probably follow in Ok’s cool, wet strides constantly 2200 without a genuine decrease in ozone harming substance emanations in the coming decades.
Presently, to memorialize the loss of Ok and the several other Icelandic ice sheets that may share Ok’s destiny, analysts from Iceland and the United States have made a remembrance plaque to always stamp the spot where Ok once overshadowed the scene.
The plaque, which will be formally devoted in an Aug. 18 service at the site of the previous ice sheet, is tended to just to “the future” and sends a hauntingly straightforward message.
Alright is the principal Icelandic ice sheet to lose its status as an icy mass,” the plaque peruses. “In the following 200 years every one of our ice sheets are relied upon to pursue a similar way. This landmark is to recognize that we comprehend what’s going on and what should be finished. Just you know whether we did it.”
The content finishes up with “415ppm C02,” the present proportion of ozone depleting substances in Earth’s air — and likely the most noteworthy sum our planet has seen since before people advanced.
“This will be the principal landmark to an icy mass lost to environmental change anyplace on the planet,” Cymene Howe, an anthropologist at Rice University in Houston and co-maker of a 2018 narrative on Ok, said in an announcement. “By denoting Ok’s passing, we would like to attract thoughtfulness regarding what is being lost as Earth’s icy masses terminate. These assortments of ice are the biggest freshwater holds on earth and solidified inside them are narratives of the air.”
Howe and her kindred analysts will introduce the plaque as a component of an “un-icy mass visit,” which will withdraw from Reykjavík and lead members on a free climb to the previous site of Ok. Members should anticipate rough territory