The First Glacier Killed by Climate Change Is Getting a Haunting Memorial in Iceland

Live Science | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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Vikings thought it was a dead troll. Now, it's just dead ice.

Okjökull (or just "Ok," for short) is one of 400 ancient glaciers crowning the mountains of Iceland — at least, it was, until global warming shrank it so much that Ok officially lost its glacier status in 2014.

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Now, to memorialize the loss of Ok and the hundreds of other Icelandic glaciers that may share Ok's fate, researchers from Iceland and the United States have created a memorial plaque to forever mark the spot where Ok once towered over the landscape.

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The plaque, which will be officially dedicated in an Aug. 18 ceremony at the site of the former glacier, is addressed simply to "the future" and sends a hauntingly simple message.

"We know what's happening," the haunting memorial to Iceland's first vanished glacier reads.

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"Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier," the plaque reads. "In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument...
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