2022-03-01

Blátindur mountain in Vatnajökull Glacier  │ Iceland Photo Gallery

Documenting Iceland

by: Rafn Sig,-

Ísland er draumaland jarðfræðinga. Þar sem finna má eldfjöll, dali,  jökla, víðáttumikil sléttlendi og töfrandi fjallamyndanir. Það eru fáir staðir á jörðinni sem geta státað af jafn fjölbreyttu jarðfræðilegum fyrirbrigðum á svo litlu svæði eins og Ísland gerir.

Þjóðgarðurinn í Skaftafelli er talinn einn af gimsteinum íslenskra þjóðgarða með fjölbreytt úrval af óvenjulegu landslagi. Skaftafell er vin í svartri sandeyðimörkinni þar sem í dalnum eru margir glitrandi jöklar og tignarlegir fjallsatoppar sem gnæfa til himins.

Í Skaftafellsþjóðgarði eru nokkur af glæsilegustu fjöllum Íslands og eitt stórbrotnasta og fallegasta fjallið að mínu mati á þessu svæði er Blátindur (ca. 1177m).

Hækkandi hitastig jarðar hefur án efa haft mikil áhrif á bráðnun jökla í gegnum tíðina og ef fram heldur sem horfir má búast við því að þeir hverfi alveg.

Frá árinu 2000 hefur flatarmál jökla á Íslandi minnkað um u.þ.b. 800 km2 og um tæplega 2200 km2 frá lokum 19. aldar þegar jöklarnir náðu hámarki. Jökulsvæðið hefur að meðaltali rýrnað um ca. 40 km2 árlega undanfarin ár.  Göngum vel um landið.

Iceland is a geologist’s dream. With volcanoes, rift-valleys, glaciers, vast alluvial plains and stunning mountain formations all packed onto one island, there are few places on earth that can boast such wide variety of geological features in such a small area.

Skaftafell National Park is considered one of the jewels of Icelandic national parks, which is high praise for wide array of extraordinary landscapes. The park is an oasis in a desert of the black proglacial sandur; a green isle, whose valleys are home to many sparkling glacier, and whose lofty mountain tops reach towards the sky.

The Skaftafell National Park is home to some of Iceland’s most impressive mountains and one of the most spectacular mountain in this area is Blátindur (c.a. 1177m).  

The rising temperature of the Earth has, without doubt, been responsible for melting glaciers throughout history. Today, the speed with which climate change is progressing might render them extinct in record time.

Since 2000, the area of Iceland’s glaciers has decreased by ca. 800 km2, and by almost 2200 km2 since the end of the 19th century when the glaciers reached their maximum extent. The glacier area has on average shrunk by ca. 40 km2 annually in recent years. Glaciers typically retreated by tens of meters in 2019. – Let’s take care of the small island we call Iceland.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Wooooow and Wooooooow again. What a Picture. Top 10 on my list

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  6. What can I say. There are no words that can subscribe this beauty. Great photographs man!!!!

  7. Speechless

  8. Unbelievable. Is this for real. Wow

  9. Beautiful work

  10. I will also add one more Wow

  11. One more Wow from me

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