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Did the Mont-Blanc Glaciers Shrink Before?

06.01.2017, by
Global warming is currently responsible for a spectacular drop in glacier surface area in the Mont-Blanc massif. Yet researchers suspect that since the last ice age, there have been periods during which these areas may have been even smaller. They collected rock samples to assess and date these periods of glacier shrinkage.

The ANR’s VIP Mont-Blanc Program (Rates of the processes controlling the morphologic and environmental changes in the Mont-Blanc massif). ASTER (Accélérateur pour les Sciences de la Terre, Environnement, Risques) is supported by CEREGE (the European Centre for Research and Education in Environmental Geosciences).

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