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Climate Change Leading to Darkening of Norway’s Fjords

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February 8th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Norway – January 22nd, 2013

Numerous fjords can be seen along the western coast of Norway in this image. New research has suggested that the waters of Norway’s fjords and coasts are becoming darker as a result of climate change. The darkening is primarily being caused by the increasing levels of organic compounds in the waters, brought to the coasts via regional rivers and lake drainage.

This darker water has been resulting in fewer marine areas with fish, and more with jellyfish. The jellyfish benefit from the darker waters, while the fish have a harder time competing with them because of the increased darkness.

According to University of Bergen marine biologist, Dag L. Aksnes, the process has probably been occurring over many decades. And there is clear evidence that recent changes in weather patterns and in the climate are accelerating it (click here to read more).

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