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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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By phxfreddy on 11/28/2008 10:32:12 AM , Rating: 3
Only you of the left can equivalate the holocaust to an imaginary change in the weather! How does that go?

Fred - "oh is seems a bit chill today"

Lefty - "I bet you would just love to poison and burn some jews wouldn't you???!!! "

It may just be possible you need to pop a midol.


By PhobosAnonomly on 11/28/2008 7:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
I can't understand why that one's believing in a possibility that pouring hundreds of billions of tons of Co2 into the atmosphere could potentially cause undesired consequences is a bad thing.

When .08 percent of your blood content consist of alcohol your are legally drunk, at .4 percent I think they declare you dead. So even if they amount of of pollution poured into the atmosphere only accounts for very small percentages of the total amount of Co2 actually found in the atmosphere, it could still potentially have a noticeable effect.

That being said, it would seem that the variations in the suns radiation has a greater effect on the earths climate than Co2 emissions.


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