Pyrenean Glacier Ice Down 90%

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Pyrenean Glacier Ice Down 90%

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Admin posted Mar-2009

A study by the Spanish Environment Ministry has found that the estimated 3,300 hectares of ice that covered the mountain range between Spain and France at the beginning of the 20th century have been reduced to 390 hectares over the past 100 years.

The study also found that the rate of melt has accelerated in recent years, with a quarter of the ice melting away in the past six years.

This year's snowfall has been one of the best for decades in the region but Miguel Frances, the coordinator of the 20 year study, which was released last week, said that even winters with heavy snowfalls do not appear to be able to stop the process.

"The snow stabilizes the glaciers but they do not grow," Frances told the Spanish El Pais newspaper.

The ministry study states that the melting of the glaciers in the Pyrenees and in other mountain ranges around the world is a direct consequence of global warming and changes in rainfall patterns.

"In 25 or 30 years time the majority of glaciers will have disappeared and by the middle of the century they'll all be gone."Fernando Lampre, president of the Pyrenees Glacier Monument Heritage told El Pais.

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Edited 2 times. Last update at 06-Mar-2009

IceGhost
reply to 'Pyrenean Glacier Ice Down 90%'
posted Mar-2009

Okay maybe you can help me out with this. I hear that we are nearing the edge of a ice age and it's just nature taking it's course. I've heard that from a lot of folks, but I believe that all the CO emissions are doing something to impact the environment. I mean you can't possible ax as many trees as the big corps have and not expect something to give.
Uh oh, I think I broke'd the lift

Topic last updated on 07-March-2009 at 06:57

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