ZANFLEURON PATH, Switzerland –
A rocky Alpine path between two glaciers in Switzerland is emerging as what the local ski resort says is the first time in at least 2,000 years after the hottest summer in Europe has been recorded. record.
Glacier 3000 ski resort in western Switzerland says this year’s ice melt is three times the 10-year average, meaning bare rock can now be seen between the Scex Rouge and Zanfleuron glaciers in 2,800 meters high and the pass will be fully exposed by the end of this month.
“About 10 years ago I measured 15 meters of ice here so all the ice melts in the meantime,” said Mauro Fischer, an glaciologist at the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern.
“What we’ve seen this year and this summer is phenomenal and it’s really beyond anything we’ve measured so far,” he added, referring to the rate at which the ice melts.
Since last winter, with relatively little snowfall, the Alps have experienced two major heatwaves in early summer. The data shows that the glaciers of the Alps are currently on track for their biggest mass loss in at least 60 years.
Reporting by Denis Balibouse; Written by Emma Farge and Francois Murphy; Edited by Raissa Kasolowsky