Expert shocked by Alpine glacier melt

Mauro Fischer, a glaciologist at the University of Bern's Institute of Geography, said the pace of melting has been extraordinary. Source: Reuters

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MAURO FISCHER: 10 years ago I measured here with a [? georadar. ?] I still measured about 15 meters of ice. So the more than 15 meters of ice and snow have melted during the past 10 years here. And actually the pass is not an ice pass connecting to glaciers anymore, but now it is separating the two glaciers from each other.

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It's really beyond anything we have ever measured so far. We will have mass losses about three times higher than the average over the last 10 years. And so this year is really exceptional. And I could even see, by my eyes, visible changes within two weeks only. So.

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To be honest, what I've observed this year was really shocking to me. And it's made me feel very sad. And I'm also a bit scared because these very high mass losses and the fast glacier shrinkage we observed this year, this is just a sign. Actually, the glacier is telling you how the meteorological conditions were over this year. And such a warm summer, such a dry summer is actually something we're going to have much more frequently also in the future.

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