Steigletscher glacier, Switzerland, 2006

Steigletscher glacier, Switzerland, 2006

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: retreat of the Steigletscher glacier from 1994 to 2006
This image is part of the sequence Environment: Retreat of Steigletscher glacier from 1994 to 2006
This image is part of the feature Glacier Retreat

Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Glacial retreat. Image 2 of 2. Terminus of the Steigletscher glacier, Switzerland, in summer 2006. A glacier is a river of ice that flows down from mountain areas. The ice forms from compacted snowfall, and erodes the rock underneath it as it moves forward. The position of the terminal end of the glacier depends on the rate of melting at the terminus, versus the rate of snowfall further up the glacier. Since 1850, glaciers have been in retreat worldwide. It is thought that global warming has accelerated this trend in recent years. See E235/338 for this glacier in 1994.

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