Stockholm (AP) — The highest point of Sweden has sunk nine metres during the last 45 years, Professor Hans W. Ahlmann stated after a glaciological investigation this summer.

The height of the ice clad Kebnekaise in Norther Lapland was 2,123 metres in 1902, but it is now 2,114 metres.

The reduction of the glaciers of Sweden is part of a general phenomenon of the norther latitudes. Many glaciers and snowfields round the North Atlantic have vanished completely in this century.

Since the middle of the 19th century the air has become warmer during the winter, spring, and autumn in northern countries, and also during the summer in the Arctic. The cause is not known, but one theory is that greater quantities of heat are transported from the south to the north by an intensified atmospheric circulation.

Source: Associated Press (The Daily Mercury)