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Folgefonni Glacier

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image available for Sponsorship is of the Folgefonni Glacier on the high Plateaus of Sorfjorden, Norway. Longtitude / Latitude: (60°14’ N, 6°44’ E).

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The Folgefonni glacier, hemmed in between two fjords, Hardangerfjorden and Sørfjorden, in southern Norway, is the third largest of the country’s 1,500 glaciers, occupying an area of 83 square miles (212 km2). A plateau glacier typical of the regions with temperate climate, this flattened snowy cupola slides on a film of water formed between the rock and ice. In summer the partial melting of ice supplies the water of the fjords with silt and clay, giving them a very unusual green tint. Regardless of seasonal variations, the volume of glaciers is constantly reduced because of the global warming of the planet and the increase in the greenhouse effect. This theory on global warming caused international concern in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An agreement signed at Bonn, Germany, in 2001, on the methods for applying the 1997 Kyoto Agreement, mandated that industrial nations reduce their greenhouse-effect gas emissions by 2010. But the United States, which which has 5 percent of the world’s population and emits one-quarter of greenhouse gases, refuses to participate in this global response to climatic change.

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