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Rocky trail revealed between Swiss glaciers in extreme melting season

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ZANFLEURON PATH, Switzerland, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A rocky alpine trail between two glaciers in Switzerland is emerging for what the local ski resort says is the first time in at least 2,000 years following the hottest European summer on record.

The Glacier 3000 ski resort in western Switzerland said this year’s ice melt was around three times the 10-year average, meaning bare rock can now be seen between the Scex Rouge and the Zanfleuron glaciers at an altitude of 2,800 meters and the pass will be completely exposed by the end of this month.

“About 10 years ago I measured 15 meters (50 feet) of ice here, so all that ice has melted in the meantime,” said Mauro Fischer, a glaciologist at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern.

“What we’ve seen this year and this summer is just amazing and it’s really beyond anything we’ve ever measured so far,” he added, referring to the speed at which the ice has melted.

Since last winter, which brought relatively little snow, the Alps have gone through two major heat waves at the start of summer. Glaciers in the Alps are now on track for their biggest mass losses in at least 60 years of record, the data shows. Read more

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Report by Denis Balibouse; Written by Emma Farge and Francois Murphy; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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