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A glacial region in Norway  (Source: NRK)
Scandinavian nation reverses trend, mirrors results in Alaska, elsewhere.

After years of decline, glaciers in Norway are again growing, reports the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). The actual magnitude of the growth, which appears to have begun over the last two years, has not yet been quantified, says NVE Senior Engineer Hallgeir Elvehøy.

The flow rate of many glaciers has also declined. Glacier flow ultimately acts to reduce accumulation, as the ice moves to lower, warmer elevations.

The original trend had been fairly rapid decline since the year 2000.  

The developments were originally reported by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

DailyTech has previously reported on the growth in Alaskan glaciers, reversing a 250-year trend of loss. Some glaciers in Canada, California, and New Zealand are also growing, as the result of both colder temperatures and increased snowfall.

Ed Josberger, a glaciologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the growth is "a bit of an anomaly", but not to be unexpected.

Despite the recent growth, most glaciers in the nation are still smaller than they were in 1982. However, Elvehøy says that the glaciers were even smaller during the 'Medieval Warm Period' of the Viking Era, prior to around the year 1350.

Not all Norwegian glaciers appear to be affected, most notably those in the Jotenheimen region of Southern Norway.



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Just curious but
By theendofallsongs on 11/27/2008 11:05:21 PM , Rating: 1
What glaciers are growing in California? What glaciers even EXIST in California?




RE: Just curious but
By jwm on 11/27/2008 11:18:19 PM , Rating: 2
2 simple words in Google 'California Glaciers' revealed the answer.


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RE: Just curious but
By rdeegvainl on 11/28/2008 5:56:39 AM , Rating: 5
that... is the greatest thing ever


RE: Just curious but
By truk007 on 11/28/2008 6:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm having trouble stopping the laughter. That really is brilliant!


RE: Just curious but
By MamiyaOtaru on 11/29/2008 5:21:52 AM , Rating: 1
http://justfuckinggoogleit.com was an old favorite of mine


RE: Just curious but
By matorsfan on 11/30/2008 10:10:22 PM , Rating: 2
Funny..but scary someone would actually spend money to make a domain for that.


RE: Just curious but
By Avitar on 12/1/2008 3:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
The question is where in the world are Glaciers still shrinking and when was Waldo last out there measuring them?


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