Svartisen Glacier Featured

Svartisen is a collective term for two glaciers located in northern Norway. The system consists of two separate glaciers. Vestre (western) Svartisen (221 km2), which is the second largest glacier on the Norwegian mainland (there are larger glaciers on Svalbard) after Jostedalsbreen. Østre (eastern) Svartisen (148 km2), which is the

country's fourth largest. Svartisen is part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen national park, located in the Saltfjell mountain range. Water from the glacier is collected and used for hydropower production via runoff into the streams and lakes and through intakes borred beneath Engabreen. The first element is svart 'swart, black', the last element is the finite form of is m 'ice; glacier'. The old ice of the glacier is considerably darker than fresh ice and newfallen snow.

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