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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:44 AM

Glacier Covered With Blankets to Reduce Summer Ice Melt: NBC

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/27/19170081-glacier-covered-with-blankets-to-reduce-summer-ice-melt?lite


By David R Arnott, NBC News

People living near the Rhone glacier in the central Alps of Switzerland have come up with a striking tactic to counter the effects of climate change. Each summer the glacier is protected by blankets to keep ice melt to a minimum, the European Pressphoto Agency reports.

Like other glaciers in the Alps, the Rhone has retreated dramatically in the past 150 years, according to research cited by the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Each year, a tunnel is carved into the ice to enable visitors to walk inside the glacier, which is the source of the Rhone River.

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