This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alive

Posted by Mike Confino, October 22, 2014

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Every glacier melts. Liquified glacier water trickles down rivers and streams during warm seasons; the cold seasons’ falling snow usually replaces the loss and, eventually, compresses into ice. But the last century’s changing climate has helped melt to outpace snowfall, and glaciers around the world are dying.

Doomed glaciers are thought to melt in place, like an ice cube abandoned on the counter; to retreat instead of advancing like a river of ice; or, in the case of tropical glaciers, to sublimate directly from ice to water vapor.

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