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US News Mont Blanc Glacier On The Brink Of Collapse, Experts Warn

12:00  25 september  2019
12:00  25 september  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Italian authorities have closed roads and evacuated mountain huts after experts warned that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse . About 250,000 cubic metres of ice are in danger of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak, officials said. The mayor of the

Now, part of one of those glaciers is already at the brink of collapse , officials warned this week. Italian officials have ordered the evacuation of mountain huts and closed down roads near the Planpincieux Glacier that sits on the slopes of the Grandes Jorasses mountain, in the Mont Blanc

a snow covered mountain: View of Mont Blanc with fresh snow © Aaron Foster via Getty Images View of Mont Blanc with fresh snow

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Italian officials have closed off roads and ordered mountain hut evacuations in response to expert warning that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse.

The mayor of Courmayeur, Stefano Miserocchi, ordered the safety provisions to be taken as experts said that a section of the glacier was sliding at speeds of 50-60cm (16-23in) per day.

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A segment of the Planpincieux glacier on Wednesday. A block of about nine million cubic feet of ice has splintered and could give way, researchers have found.Credit Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters.

Experts say it could be the beginning of the end of glaciers in the Italian Alps below 3,500 meters. Angelo van Schaik reports. Earlier this month the authorities of the north Italian region Valle d'Aosta raised the alarm: Planpincieux, a glacier on Mont Blanc was on the verge of collapsing .

Miserocchi said that global warming is changing the mountain.

“These phenomena once again show how the mountain is going through a period of major change due to climate factors and, therefore, it is particularly vulnerable,” he told Italian media.

  Mont Blanc Glacier On The Brink Of Collapse, Experts Warn © Getty Around 250,000 cubic metres of ice are in danger of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak.

Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest mountain range.

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Italian officials are closing roads after experts warned that a massive chunk of a glacier is at risk of collapsing due to climate change. The glacier is located on the Grande Jorasses peak of the Mont Blanc massif, which straddles the borders of Italy, France and Switzerland and contains the highest

It has 11 peaks above 4,000m in France and Italy and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.

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Inside the Mer de Glace Glacier. Chamonix. France. Alps © Getty Inside the Mer de Glace Glacier. Chamonix. France. Alps

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Italian authorities closed roads and warned locals to be on high alert amid fears that part of a huge glacier on the Mont Blanc massif could collapse as a result Experts said that a quarter of a million cubic metres of ice were at risk of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier , on the Italian side of

Italian authorities have closed roads and evacuated mountain huts after experts warned that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse . About 250,000 cubic metres of ice are in danger of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak, officials said.

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  Mont Blanc Glacier On The Brink Of Collapse, Experts Warn

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