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Forum Post: Alpine Glacier, Unchanged for Thousands of Years, Now Melting

Posted 11 months ago on Dec. 16, 2013, 2:10 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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SAN FRANCISCO—Less than 20 miles from the site where melting ice exposed the 5,000-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman, scientists have discovered new and compelling evidence that the Italian Alps are warming at an unprecedented rate.

Part of that evidence comes in the form of a single dried-out leaf from a larch tree that grew thousands of years ago. old larch This 2,600-year-old larch leaf was found buried in ice atop Mt. Ortles in Italy. (Contact Gorder.1@osu.edu for full-size image.)

A six-nation team of glaciologists led by The Ohio State University drilled a set of ice cores from atop Mt. Ortles in northern Italy, and described their early findings on Monday, Dec. 9 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

The Alto dell’Ortles glacier, which did not show signs of melting for thousands of years, now appears to be shifting away from a constantly below-freezing state to one where its upper layers are at the melting point throughout the year, said project leader Paolo Gabrielli, research scientist at Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State.

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[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Evidence keeps mounting for catastrophic warming. In the meantime governments keep kicking the can of clean energy implementation further down the road.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 months ago

Ya, the big thing is the fear that third world countries will sue. That's the hold up. So, now it's 2015 and it will be kicked a little further down the road.

Although, that picture is pretty cool.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Otzi's? He kinda looks like me - if I were to answer the door 1st thing in the AM.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 months ago

Larch leaf.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Looked pretty much room temp in the photo. {:-])

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 months ago

warming at an unprecedented rate.

really, no one saw this coming

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 11 months ago

Virtually everyone at NewsCorp Inc., didn't see this coming by virtue of a CEO decree.

Everyone at ALEC too, where members are sworn to obey their oath to all things ALEC.

[-] 4 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 months ago

the corp must be some modern religion or something

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 11 months ago

Yes indeed it is.

It is the religion of flakiness.

I'm sure you've heard of it.

Here in the colonies it's know as......

FLAKESnews.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 months ago

Nope. Damn good thing the Ohio State University came in when they did, too.