Volunteer Glacier Monitors in IcelandSheepherder Indri¶i A¶alste

Volunteer Glacier Monitors in Iceland Sheepherder Indri∂i A∂alsteinsson has volunteered with the Icelandic Glaciological Society for 23 years. Before that, his father monitored the Kaldalón glacier for 49 years. And before that his grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather grazed their sheep on the pastures surrounding Kaldalón. Indri∂i uses the same man-size drafting compass his father made to measure the distance between a large cairn and the glacier’s terminus. He picks up a stone and puts it in his pocket every 10 meters to keep count. Recently, Kaldalón retreated by eight stones. (C) Benjamin Drummond

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