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An Iceberg Broke Off An Antarctic Glacier This Weekend But May Represent A Bigger Issue

An Iceberg Broke Off An Antarctic Glacier This Weekend But May Represent A Bigger IssueThe massive iceberg that broke off of an Antarctic glacier this weekend may indicate a bigger issue.



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Melting Mont Blanc glacier yields remains of dead hikers

Melting Mont Blanc glacier yields remains of dead hikersMILAN (AP) — Italian mountain rescue crews have recovered the remains of two — or possibly three — hikers on a glacier on Mont Blanc's southern face likely dating from the 1980s or 1990s, officials said Friday.



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Missing Swiss Couple Found In Glacier 75 Years Later

Missing Swiss Couple Found In Glacier 75 Years LaterA Swiss couple that went missing in the mountains 75 years ago may have been found, after a melting glacier turned out their mummified remains.



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Melting glacier reveals Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago

Melting glacier reveals Swiss couple who went missing 75 years agoThe frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, Swiss media said on Tuesday. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942. "We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day," their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told the Lausanne daily Le Matin. "I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm," added the 79-year-old. In an overnight statement, Valais cantonal police said that two bodies bearing identity papers had been discovered last week by a worker on Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 2,615 metres (8,600 feet). DNA testing would be carried out to confirm the identities of the couple. "The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War Two," Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told the paper. "They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact." "We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies," he told the daily Tribune de Geneve. Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher. They left five sons and two daughters. "It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion. She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier," Udry-Dumoulin said. "After a while, we children were separated and placed in families. I was lucky to stay with my aunt," she said. "We all lived in the region but became strangers." "For the funeral, I won't wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost."   



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'We Spent Our Lives Searching For Them.' Couple's Frozen Bodies Found on Glacier 75 Years After Disappearance

'We Spent Our Lives Searching For Them.' Couple's Frozen Bodies Found on Glacier 75 Years After Disappearance'I kept wondering if they had suffered and what had become of them'



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Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearanceA Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Maryline Dumoulin told AFP police were “99 percent” certain the remains were of her grandparents, who went missing on August 15, 1942.



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Measuring the glaciers of Glacier National Park, and watching them disappear

Measuring the glaciers of Glacier National Park, and watching them disappearThe glaciers in Glacier National Park are majestic, but they’re shrinking. Scientists, residents, and visitors all feel a sense of loss.



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NASA photos capture a strange new crack in a massive Greenland glacier and we're all probably doomed

NASA photos capture a strange new crack in a massive Greenland glacier and we're all probably doomedA mysterious crack has been spreading across a giant Greenland glacier, and it's raising concerns that part of the floating ice shelf could splinter off into the ocean.  That's bad.  Scientists with the NASA field campaign Operation IceBridge recently captured the first photographs of the growing rift while flying over Petermann Glacier, a structure that connects the Greenland ice sheet to the Arctic Ocean. SEE ALSO: NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf The new chasm appears in the center of the glacier's floating ice shelf — the tongue of ice that extends into the water from the grounded glacier on land.  In the photos, the crack appears relatively close to a larger rift spreading toward the shelf's center. Should the two intersect, part of the ice shelf in northwest Greenland could potentially break off. A portion of the new rift on Petermann Glacier's floating ice shelf is shown near the bottom center. The older rift appears near top center. The shaded feature, near the bottom center, is the "medial flowline."Image: NASA/Kelly BruntThere may be a savior for the shelf. A "medial flowline" in the ice could have a "stagnating effect" on the newer rift, helping to slow or halt its advance toward the older chasm, scientists with Operation IceBridge said on Facebook. Stef Lhermitte, a professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, first alerted the NASA team to the crack's coordinates after spotting it in satellite images,
Washington Post reported. Polar-orbiting satellites showed the chasm for the first time in July 2016, and "it has been growing since then," Lhermitte said on Twitter.  .@Petermann_Ice @AndreasMuenchow @glacier_doc @CopernicusEU @ESA_EO The internal crack growth is clearly visible in this Sentinel-1 time series, also during polar night. 3/5 pic.twitter.com/AKY2czWFtR — Stef Lhermitte (@StefLhermitte) April 12, 2017 While scientists still aren't sure what caused the crack to form, Lhermitte said a possible culprit might be "ocean forcing," a phenomenon that happens when warm ocean waters melt the ice from underneath. Ocean forcing might have been a culprit in creating cracks in another part of the world. Researchers believe it caused deep subsurface cracks to form in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, a recent study found. There a 20-mile-long rift eventually split the ice from the inside out and cleaved off a 225-square-mile iceberg in July 2015. Many of the glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica that end in floating ice shelves have been shrinking due to warming ocean and air temperatures. Petermann Glacier's east wall near the terminus of the floating ice shelf.Image: NASA/John SonntagWhen ice shelves break off into icebergs it doesn't directly increase sea levels, because the ice is already floating in the ocean, like an ice cube in a glass. However, because the ice shelves act like doorstops to the land-based ice behind them, if the shelves disappear, the glaciers can start moving into the sea. This would add new water to the ocean and therefore raise sea levels. In the case of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, researchers said that warming waters causing cracks to form beneath "provides another mechanism for rapid retreat of these glaciers, adding to the probability that we may see significant collapse of West Antarctica in our lifetimes." Greenland, Antarctica, the message is we're all probably doomed.  WATCH: Watch how global warming heats up the world from 1880-2016



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