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Glaciers still melting

New glacier measurements from state authorities show that 27 of Norway’s 31 glaciers have shrunk again since they last were measured in 2009.

Norway’s Water Resources and Energy Directorate (Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat, NVE) reported that only one glacier was unchanged, while three had expanded slightly.

“The reduction is approximately the same as it was in 2008 and 2009, but less than in 2006 and 2007,” Hallgeir Elvehøy, a senior engineer at NVE, told news bureau NTB.

“We expect continued reduction in the coming years,” Elvehøy said. The biggest reduction measured this year occurred at Bødalsbreen (the Bødal glacier) in Stryn, which shrunk by 65 meters.

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