Europes Largest Glacier Melting

Cause still being debated but 900-meter-thick Iceland glacier thinning by 1 meter a year.

Published: 18-Jan-2002

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The largest glacier in Europe, Iceland's Vatnajokull, is melting away and getting thinner by an average of about three feet per year because of a warmer climate, an expert said on Thursday.

"If the shrinking continues at this pace, there won't be much left of Vatnajokull by the end of the century," glaciologist Helgi Bjornsson told Reuters.

The 900-meter-thick glacier has been shrinking because of reduced snowfall and warming weather in Iceland, he said.

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