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The Briksdal Glacier, one of the three outlets of the famous Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, is easily accessible from Stryn. The glacier rises from 346m above sea level at its lowest to 1950m a.s.l. at its highest. At its thickest part the ice is 400m deep. The glacier terminates in a small glacial lake, Briksdalsbrevatnet, which lies 346 metres (1,135 ft) above sea level.

The size of the glacier depends not only on temperature, but is also strongly affected by precipitation. In the period from 1934 to 1951 the glacier receded by 800 metres, exposing the glacial lake. In the period from 1967 until 1997 the glacier expanded by 465 metres and covered the whole lake, with the glacier front ending at the lake outlet.
After the year 2000, the glacier once again receded; 230 metres behind the lake outlet in 2004 and in 2007 the glacier front was on dry land behind the lake. In this regard, its position approximated the situation in the 1960s.

The winter of 2007–2008 saw an increase in glacier mass, which was expected to move the glacier front forward around 2010. This was confirmed in the fall of 2010, when measurements showed that the glacier had advanced 8 metres over the last year.

As Briksdal Glacier is now very narrow at some stretches, it is possible that it will temporarily disconnect from the larger Jostedalsbreen.

(Some info extracted from Wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-08-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-11-01 2:07
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