Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull

One of Mýrdalsjökull glacier outlets is Sólheimajökull (63° 32′ 02.4″N 19° 21′ 50.8″W) that flows to the south from the main ice-cap and has formed a fluvial plain, Sólheimasandur. Sólheimajökull occupies an overdeepened parabolic trough, ranging from 1-2 km in width and reaching a maximum depth of 430 m. It has the charateristics of an active glacier that flows regulary, is very sensitive to climatic change, and responds quickly. The current advance is likely to reflect recent changes in mass balance. No evidence of surge-type behaviour has been found (Mackintosh et.al. 1999).



Mackintosh, A. N. Dugmore, A. J. and Jacobsen, F. M. (1999). Ice-thickness measurements on Sólheimajökull, southern Iceland and their relevance to its recent behavior. Jökull, Number 48, Pages 9-15.