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Swiss Wrap Glacier to Slow Ice Melt (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 10 2005 @ 11:59 AM
I always knew the Swiss were industrious and resourceful, but this tops it all: they are wrapping a glacier in insulating sheets to slow down the melting process! Obviously they had to resort to these extreme measures to protect this little spot of the Alpine environment.
If successful, officials at the Gemsstock resort above Andermatt in central Switzerland expect the example to be followed elsewhere in the Alps, where scientists say glaciers are under threat from global warming.

"We think it will become common practice to cover parts of the glaciers," Urs Elmiger, a board member of Andermatt Gotthard Sportbahnen, the cable car operator behind the project, told Reuters.

A thin protective layer of artificial textiles, including polyester, was laid over an area of 3-4,000 square meters (yards). The fleece-like material, hard to distinguish with the naked eye from snow, will reflect the rays of the sun.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

If anything, this highlights again the dangers of global warming and the urgent need to act on this danger.

The US should ramp up the efforts to cut down on emissions.

[edit on 10-5-2005 by Aelita]

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