​Alpine glacier accelerating due to atmospheric warming

Ice cores drilled atop Mt. Ortles in northern Italy in 2011 by an international team of glaciologists led by Paolo Gabrielli of Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center indicate that the flow of the highest glacier of South Tyrol is now accelerating. This is unprecedented in 7,000 years. This previously unrecognized process is likely to be linked to the recent warming and may contribute to speed glacier shrinking even at a very high elevation. The international team of researchers described their findings in the international journal The Cryosphere.

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