Mont Blanc has actually grown 2 mtrs due to global warmingNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:18 am ICT by admin
The volume of ice on Mont Blanc’s slopes has almost doubled since 2005 to reach 24,100 cubic metres this year, and snow has built up faster due to greater frequency of winds and higher temperatures in the summer, believed to be caused by global warming.
Last month, surveyors from France’s Haute-Savoie region measured the Alps’ tallest peak at 4,810.90 metres (15,784 feet).
“The height as well as the volume of Mont Blanc has increased considerably, because the snow has massed on the summit over the last two years,” said Philippe Borel from the survey team.
“This brings sticky snow above 4,000 metres up which grips onto the mountainside,” added Yan Giezendanner, a meteorologist.
Scientists say the phenomenon goes against the trend of sparser snow and ice on other European peaks that is a great concern to ski resorts and ski lovers.
Giezendanner said such “growth” in mountains was specific to higher Alpine peaks.
“Glaciers at high altitude seem to be growing, while those situated at mid or low altitude are melting, shrinking and threatened with extinction,” the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying. (ANI)
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