Okjokull stretched to about 16 square kilometers in 1890 and now there is only a small patch of ice left in its place. Researchers also installed a bronze memorial plaque at the site to serve as a tombstone for the glacier.
The message on the plaque reads in English and Icelandic, “Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the coming 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same end.
Okjökull was given its glacier status in 2014 by the geologists. According to a 2017 report from the University of Iceland, the 16 square kilometers large Okjökull measured just 0.7 square kilometers by 2012.
As per a study if the greenhouse gas emissions pass at the current rate, then nearly half of the world’s heritage sites might lose their glaciers by 2100.
The melting of glaciers is an outcome of climate change.