Travel south through Iceland and you will come across the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon with floating icebergs.
Breidamerkurjokull is the glacial tongue that extends from southern Vatnajokull and into the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, creating the icebergs.
Breidamerkurjokull is constantly retreating, breaking and melting, causing the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon to increase in size; it is less than a century old, but already the deepest lake in Iceland. When the temperatures rose at the beginning of this century the Breidamerkurjokull glacier tongue rapidly retreated, continually creating icebergs of varying size, thus creating the lagoon. In 1975, the lake was about 8 km2 in area and now it reportedly stands at 18 km2 at the edge of the glacier tongue.
The icebergs float for about five years until they are small enough to make their way out of the lagoon to the sea.
Glaciers have always fluctuated but never before in human history has ice worldwide decreased as quickly as it has over the last decades. Manmade global warming is pulling our climate outside of natural variations. One of the consequences is rising sealevels, another that the melting of ice increases risk of landslides and destabilisation of the magma "plumbing" system creating more volcanic eruptions in future.
Glaciers in Iceland will be gone in a couple of hundred years. Photographing these wonderful structures made me aware how fragile our planet is and that we need to care for it much better.

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