Jul 20, 2023

Marmolada glacier shrinks by half in 25 years

The surface area of the Marmolada glacier in the Dolomitesdropped to 112 hectares in 2022 as the glacier continues to shrinkrapidly while global temperatures rise, according to data releasedon Wednesday, Azernews reports, citing ANSA.

In the coming years the glacier's surface area will be under asquare kilometer, half the level of 2000 and a quarter of the levelof 1900, according to measurements made by experts from PaduaUniversity, the Italian Glaciological Committee and Veneto's ARPAVenvironmental protection agency.

"The retreat (of the glacier) at the greatest point ofregression is close to 90 metres a year, with an average retreat of20 metres a year," said Mauro Varotto, the head of the teammeasuring the glacier.

The world's glaciers, an important source of fresh water, havebeen shrinking rapidly in recent years due global heating caused byhuman greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year 11 people were killed when a serac collapsed on theMarmolada, following a heatwave in which abnormally hightemperatures were registered.


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