Rocky path revealed between Swiss glaciers in extreme melt season


Following the warmest European summer on record, a rocky Alpine trail between two glaciers in Switzerland is emerging for the first time in at least 2,000 years, according to the local ski resort.

By the end of this month, the pass between the Scex Rouge and Zanfleuron glaciers will be completely exposed because this year’s ice melt was about three times the 10-year average, according to the ski resort Glacier 3000 in western Switzerland. Bare rock can already be seen between the Scex Rouge and Zanfleuron glaciers at an elevation of 2,800 meters.

Mauro Fischer, a glaciologist at the University of Bern’s Institute of Geography, stated that the area had 15 meters (50 feet) of ice when he last measured it approximately 10 years ago. Since then, all of the ice has gone.

Regarding the rate at which the ice has melted, he continued, “What we observed this year and this summer is really extraordinary and it’s really beyond everything we have measured so far.”

Two significant early summer heatwaves have wracked the Alps since last winter, which saw comparatively little snowfall. According to research, the glaciers of the Alps are currently on track to see their largest mass losses in at least 60 years of record-keeping.

 


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