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One way to protect our glaciers?

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While parts of southern Germany have just registered a record low of -6°C for a July night, the only glacier in the German Alps - the Garmisch-Partenkitchen glacier on the southern slopes of the Zugspitze - has been partially covered by a giant expanse of tarpaulin to protect it from exposure to the sun.

The Zugspitzbahn lift company had estimated that they could preserve some 2 to 3 metres of snow during the heat of the summer using this method.

Approximately 6000 square metres of the glacier had been covered, at an altitude of 2600 metres. The "Zugspitze" is the highest summit in Germany, at 2963 metres.

In the heat of the summer the glacier can lose up to 10 cms in depth each day according to a spokesperson.

(Summarised from an article in French in the Belgian news service )
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