The Okjökull glacier became the first glacier to be lost to climate change. This glacier was situated in Borgarfjörður, Iceland. To mourn the glacier’s fate and warn people about climate change dangers, Iceland had installed a bronze memorial plaque at that location.
After melting throughout the 20th century, the glacier was declared dead in 2014. Satellite images from the Earth Observatory in NASA revealed the glacier’s diminishing status from a solid white patch to just a few white dashes.
- Scientists believe that 400-plus glaciers in Iceland are in danger of disappearing by 2200
- A study noted that Himalayan glaciers are also melting at a high rate
DID YOU KNOW?
The word – jökull refers to ‘a glacier’ in Icelandic.