Massive Swiss Glacier Could Lose 90% of Its Ice by 2100
Switzerland’s Great Aletsch Glacier could lose 90% of its ice mass by 2100 as a result of climate change.
“The glacier, 900 meters (2,950 feet) thick at one point, has retreated about three kilometres (1.9 miles) since 1870 and that pace is quickening, as with many other glaciers around the globe,” Reuters reports. “That is feeding more water into the oceans and raising world sea levels.”
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Photographer Denis Balibouse said he had to experience the glacier first-hand to realize how massive it is. “Yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change,” he writes.
“My kids are going to see a very different scenery in the Alps,” said glaciologist Andreas Vieli of the University of Zurich. “The rates of early 21st century mass loss are without precedent on a global scale” since monitoring began in 1850, according to the World Glacier Monitoring Service.