Slowing the demise of Germany’s last glacier

2009-06-09

in The environment, The outdoors

Apparently, the last glacier in Germany is going to be covered up during the summertime to reduce melting. Located in Bavaria, at an altitude of 2,962m, the Zugspitze glacier will have an area the size of a soccer field covered with 30 metre long tarps, in order to protect its 40 remaining metres of thickness.

Apparently, protecting glacier coverings are also being used in Switzerland and Austria.

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R.K. June 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm

That is sad.

How many glaciers did they have twenty years ago? Fifty? One hundred?

Milan June 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

I am not sure.

According to Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Glacier National Park in Montana went from having over 150 glaciers in the late 1800s to having about 35 now. They expect the park to have none by 2030.

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