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The Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
(German: Rhonegletscher, Walliser German: Rottengletscher, French: le glacier du Rhône, Italian: ghiacciaio del Rodano) is a glacier in the Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps
and the source of the river Rhône
Rhône
and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva
in the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais. Because the glacier is located close to the Furka Pass
Furka Pass
road it is easily accessible.

Contents

1 Geography 2 Evolution 3 Slowing the retreat 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Geography[edit] The Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
is the largest glacier in the Urner Alps. It lies on the south side of the range at the source of the Rhône. The Undri Triftlimi (3,081 m) connects it to the Trift Glacier. The glacier is located on the northernmost part of the canton of Valais, between the Grimsel Pass
Grimsel Pass
and the Furka Pass
Furka Pass
and is part of the Oberwald municipality. The Dammastock
Dammastock
(3,630 m) is the highest summit above the glacier. Evolution[edit]

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1870

Evolution of The Rhône
Rhône
Glacier. Vertical axis: length difference in meters Horizontal axis: years In thick green: cumulated length difference starting 1879 In thin red: growth during one year

The Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
is easily accessible so its evolution is observed since the 19th century. The glacier lost ~1300 m during the last 120 years leaving behind a track of naked stone.

Slowing the retreat[edit] For several years, UV-resistant fleecy white blankets have been installed during the warm periods, covering about 5 acres of the retreating glacier to reduce its melting.[1] It's estimated that this effort reduces the melting by up to 70%.[2] In addition to the global implications of increasing climate warming and instability, the local economy is at risk of losing business income from glacier tourists who have flocked to the area since 1870 to walk through "a long and winding ice grotto with glistening blue walls and a leaky ceiling".[3] See also[edit]

List of glaciers
List of glaciers
in Switzerland List of glaciers Retreat of glaciers since 1850 Swiss Alps

References[edit]

^ Mallonee, Laura. " Switzerland
Switzerland
Tries to Save a Glacier... by Covering It in Blankets". WIRED. Retrieved 11 March 2018.  ^ Harvey, Chelsea. "GEOENGINEERING: Can we refreeze the Arctic? Scientists are beginning to ask". www.eenews.net. Retrieved 11 March 2018.  ^ Larson, Nina. "Blankets cover Swiss glacier in vain effort to halt icemelt". Yahoo. Agence France-Presse/AFP. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 

Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
at Glaciers online Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
at NASA Earth Observatory

External links[edit]

Simulation of the shrinking of the glacier Swiss Glacier
Glacier
Monitoring Network: Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
- with length variation measurements since 1879 Media related to Rhône
Rhône
Glacier
Glacier
at Wikimedia Commons Interactive repeat photo comparisons of the Rhône
Rhône
Glacier

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