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Iceland Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000, Glacier Terminus Contrast Emphasized

This animation shows glacier recesion at the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland. The data from 1973 is taken from Landsat 1 and the 2000 data is from Landsat 7. The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has been measured by Landsat to be receding since 1973. The glacierologists in Iceland and here at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have measured the recession throughout the entire glacier and found different rates of recession in different areas. In general, the glacier seems to be receding at about 2% annually.

It is extremely controversial whether or not this recession is caused by global warming.

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Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000 Movie    Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000 Movie
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Side by side image of recession in 1973 vs 2000    Side by side image of recession in 1973 vs 2000

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Animation Number:2101
Animator:Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
Scientist:Dorothy Hall (NASA/GSFC)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Landsat-7/ETM+ (2000/09)
 Landsat-1/MSS (1973/09)
Video:SVS2001-0012 *
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SVS >> Breidamerkurjokull
DLESE >> Climatology
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> Glacier
SVS >> Recession
GCMD >> Location >> Iceland

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