Rhone Glacier Covered In Blankets: Will Strange Rescue Technique Save Swiss Alps’ Oldest Glacier From Climate Change? [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on June 27, 2013 5:44 PM EDT

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The Rhone Glacier, a popular tourist attraction because of its fascinating ice caves as well as its prominence on the global climate change stage, is getting covered in blankets to prevent it from melting. (Photo: Reuters)
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Tourists entering Rhone Glacier, located about 150 miles east of Geneva. (Photo: Reuters)
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In 2008, students of the Geographic Institute of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Germany stand in front of a test windscreen, which they fixed on the Rhone glacier near the Furkapass mountain pass. The students examined the influence of the windscreen on the temperature behavior of the glacier, to check if it is possible to decelerate its melting process caused by climate change. (Photo: Reuters)

The Rhone Glacier, the Swiss Alps' oldest glacier and a popular tourist destination, is looking dowdy these days after environmentalists covered the 11,500-year-old massive ice sculpture in blankets.

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Every summer, scientists in Switzerland take up the task of covering the Rhone Glacier with hundreds of white blankets to try and minimize the melting. Over the past 150 years, the massive ice chunk has retreated tremendously because of climate change and rising global temperatures.

During the last ice age, the Rhone Glacier, which lies on the south side of the Urner Alps range at the source of the Rhone River, dominated the Swiss Alps. Today, the Rhone Glacier just a shell of its former glory.

To see photos of the blanketed Rhone Glacier, click here.  

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