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Sweden’s former tallest mountain touched by climate change

24 metres of the southern peak of Kebnekaise has melted off over the last fifty years.

Researchers who have performed the measurements using extremely reliable GPS technology say that at present, the southern peak of the mountain is 1095.6 metres tall: this is the lowest value that has ever been measured for that peak. The northern peak, which had always been the shorter one, now stands 1.2 metres taller than its southern counterpart due to the melting.

The height of the southern peak can vary by several metres depending on the season, usually reaching its highest in May, so it may well grow taller than its northern neighbour again. But if the trend continues, it will soon have to relinquish its primacy for good.

Previously, the glacier-covered southern peak of Mount Kebnekaise in Northern Sweden was taller, but today the northern peak, which is free of ice, is taller Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Stockholm University

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