It was a tragic day for the individuals of Iceland as well as the world at large.Glaciers have incredible social importance in Iceland and past. Snaefellsjokull, an ice sheet topped well of lava in the west of the nation, is the place characters in Jules Verne’s sci-fi novel Journey to the Center of the Earth found a section profoundly of the planet. That ice sheet is currently likewise retreating.
As the world as of late denoted the hottest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on an uncovered shake in a function on the desolate landscape once secured by the Okjökull ice sheet in western Iceland. Around 100 individuals strolled up the mountain for the service, including Iceland’s PM, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the previous UN human rights chief Mary Robinson, and nearby analysts and associates from the United States who spearheaded the celebration venture.
Looking at photos and reviews spreading over the previous 50 years, glaciologists saw in 2003 that more snow was softening at Okjökull than expected to continue the glacier. A topographical map from 1901 assessed Okjökull crossed a region of around 15 square miles (38 square kilometers). In 1978, ethereal photography indicated the icy mass was 1,1 square miles. Today, under 0.3 square mile remains. A review in 2014 affirmed that the rest of the ice diminished so a lot of that the previous icy mass never again has enough mass to stream.
The Okjökull icy mass was articulated for all intents and purposes dead by researchers in 2014 when the ice was never again thick enough to move. Found upper east of the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on of a fountain of liquid magma named Ok, the ice sheet – or jökull in Icelandic – lost the vast majority of its ice mass because of warming temperatures because of human-caused environmental change. In 1890, the ice sheet ice secured 16 square kilometers (6.2 square miles) yet by 2012, it quantified simply 0.7 square kilometers, as per a report from the University of Iceland from 2017.
To have the status of a glacier, the mass of ice and snow must be thick enough to move by its own weight. For that to happen the mass must be approximately 40 to 50 metres (130 to 165 feet) thick, he said.
According to a study published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)in April, nearly half of the world’s heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate.
To grieve though, one must acknowledge the tear in that world. This can take time, and denial is a common part of the process of accepting deep loss. This may at first take the form of a temptation toward out-and-out disbelief, and linger as sporadic thoughts and hopes that what was lost, wasn’t.
It may seem an irrational reaction, but it’s a completely understandable defence mechanism against life-shattering loss. The world without what’s been lost is so radically and qualitatively different that the psyche resists accepting reality.
The plaque bears the inscription “A letter to the future”, and is intended to raise awareness about the decline of glaciers and the effects of climate change.
“In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it,” the plaque reads
We hope that this ceremony will be an inspiration not only to us here in Iceland but also for the rest of the world, because what we are seeing here is just one face of the climate crisis