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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 JonnyDough on 11/28/2008 2:20:34 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. CO2 is a NATURAL gas. However, I'll drink to not being polluted with toxins. Except alcohol. That toxin running through my veins is often intentional (except when I'm forced to drink it at thin camp - they love us all liquored up because let's face it, anorexia is hot and beer makes freshman college girls fat within 2 years) and should only be of concern to parents who let their good-looking teenage daughters frequent the university bars on weekends. Scientists and the mass public however, can relax. CO2 is a natural gas, and so is my after-effect from drinking a few beers.

By Avitar on 12/1/2008 5:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
What planet is JonnyDough from? Where I am from we have things called Volcanos. And every five hundred years or so a big one goes off and emits more CO2 than the last one hundred years of the industrial revolution. The biggest impact we have here on the levels of Carbon Dioxide is deforstation.

We would like to get people to replant the forest trees, primarily for the wood, like the United States started doing a century ago but we keep getting resistance from people who want to run their cars on "biofuels." The rest of us would use the coal-to-oil conversion for the next 300 years and pave the parking lots with nanoantennas during the next century.

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