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A deadly summer for French glaciers

2022-08-10T16:08:51.843Z

Heat and drought accelerate their decline. Areas where eternal snow usually reigns are left bare.



“Under Montenvers, the glacier has lost seven meters in thickness since May 22

, announces Luc Moreau, glaciologist in Chamonix.

This week, it is particularly intense, I measured a melting of about 15 cm per day.

Nearly a meter of the Mer de Glace disappeared in one week!

Often perceived as a haven of summer freshness, mountain regions actually combine an environment that is particularly sensitive to global warming, which is faster than in other environments.

The retreat of the glaciers is a consequence.

But this summer of 2022, which combines heat and drought, accelerates the process, and could weigh more heavily on the future of the French high mountains.

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“Since 2015, only two summers have not been scorching

,” recalls from Chamonix Ludovic Ravanel, geomorphologist who heads the joint research unit Edytem (University of Savoie Mont-Blanc, CNRS).

But 2022 is undoubtedly the worst year, because the hot weather started early: thermally the month of May has…

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Source: lefigaro

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