Following the the hottest summer ever recorded in Europea path usually covered in ice and snow has been discovered for the first time in at least 2,000 years.
The Glacier 3000 ski resort, in the Les Diablerets region of French-speaking Switzerland says this year’s ice melt was about three times the 10-year average.
“Ten years ago, I measured about 15 meters of ice. More than 15 meters of ice and snow have therefore melted,” explains Mauro Fischer, glaciologist at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern.
Bare rock is now visible between the Scex Rouge and the Zanfleuron glaciers at 2,800 meters altitude, and the pass should be completely clear by the end of this month.
Why is the ice melting so dramatically in the Alps?
Since last winter, with relatively little snow, the Alps have swallowed two large summer heat waves. Not only has a hot, dry summer melted the snow and ice, but the lack of rain means there is very little to replenish it.
“What we’ve seen this year and this summer is just amazing and it’s really beyond anything we’ve measured so far,” Fischer adds, referring to the speed at which the ice has melted. .
The glaciers of the Alps are now on the right track for their biggest mass losses in at least 60 years of record keeping, the data shows.
Watch the video above to learn more about these receding glaciers.