Iceland holds funeral for 700-year-old glacier killed by climate change

CNET | 8/18/2019 | Daniel Van Boom
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Attendees at Sunday's funeral for Okjokull.

If current global warming trends continue, melting glaciers will cause sea levels to rise. This will destroy coastal habitats and lead to more typhoons and hurricanes. So it should come as at least a little concerning that Iceland has begun to bid adieu to its, um, ice.

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On Sunday a funeral was held in Iceland to commemorate Okjokull, what was once a vast glacier, reports the Associated Press. It was estimated to span 15 square miles (38 square kilometers) in 1901. It now takes up less than half a square mile (under 1 square kilometer), according to NASA's Earth Observatory.

Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson presented to the audience, which included Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and around 100 others, a death certificate for Okjokull. In a symbolic move, a plaque was planted with a message to future generations. It reads:

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"Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status...
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