The disappearance of the glaciers in the Pyrénées

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Published on 8 September 2021

According to recent research published in the GRL scientific journal, glaciers in the Pyrénées have lost about 23 % of their volume in the last decade, as a result of the topographic conditions of the glaciers (slope, exposure, etc.) combined with an increase in air temperature that in the region has reached +1.5°C since the beginning of the 19th century. According to the scientists who authored the study, this combination of factors will lead to the disappearance of all the major glaciers in the Pyrenees in the coming decades.

This image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 28 August, shows the Aneto glacier in Spain. Aneto is one of the last remaining glaciers in the Pyrénées mountain range.

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