It’s confirmed, above average temps have melted the mountain-top glacier that marked Sweden’s former highest point.
Researchers at Stockholm University report Kebnekaise Mountain’s ice-capped southern peak had marked the winter-y nation’s most lofty elevation, until measurements taken this year found it was shrinking.
Located above the Arctic Circle, Kebnekaise is a 2100m-tall dual peak effected heavily by back-to-back hot summers.
Over the past 50 years, height of its southern summit has decreased by almost 79 feet. And experts link its most recent 4 foot loss to heat waves over Scandinavia (and continental EU).
- July 2018 ranks among hottest months in planetary history
- Thousands of heatwave-related deaths across EU
- Billions of tons of ice loss off Greenland
- Arctic Sea Ice reduced 10 percent in the last 30 years
- Growing fear of “glacial lake outburst floods” stemming from ice melt
The topographical oddity reported out of Sweden may only be the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg.’
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