The Melting Glaciers of the Alps are a Chilling Testament to Climate Change

By Trista
The Melting Glaciers of the Alps are a Chilling Testament to Climate Change

With the ongoing crisis of climate change, the weather seems to get more extreme every year. The reason for that global warming is due to the presence of greenhouse gases. The atmosphere has more than reasonable amounts because of human activities. Thus, the air temperature near the surface of the Earth is warming up more than it would if they were otherwise absent. As a result of the subtle temperature increase, the polar caps and glaciers are melting. Not only are the water levels rising, but it is creating colder moisture in the air that drastically changes weather patterns.

Scientists have proposed that by the year 2100, there will be no glaciers left, even if we were to do away with all of our fossil fuels before then. No one is sure of how the process can be reversed or if it can. So for now, let’s take a look at the retreating glaciers of the Alps before they vanish forever.

Gorner Glacier

This glacier is located on the Swiss border near Italy and is the second largest glacier of the Alps. Although this photo was taken in 2017, the glacier has retreated dramatically since then, exposing more barren rock to the elements.

One of the more interesting features of the Gorner is that it has an ice marginal lake that fills every year and drains during the summer. The glacier is also the source for the Gorner River, which is used for hydroelectric power.