Triftgletscher glacier, Switzerland, 2003

Triftgletscher glacier, Switzerland, 2003

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This image is part of the sequence environment: retreat of glacier Triftletscher in Switzerland between 2002 and 2003
This image is part of the sequence Environment: retreat of the Triftgletscher glacier from 2002 to 2003
This image is part of the sequence Environment: Retreat of Triftgletscher glacier from 2002 to 2003
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 Triftgletscher glacier, Switzerland, in August 2003. 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. The melting forms the glacial lake seen here, which first started to form in 2001. Since 1850, glaciers have been in retreat worldwide. It is thought that global warming has accelerated this trend in recent years. See E235/340 for this glacier in 2002.

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