Fast-moving glacier threatens valley in Mont Blanc massif

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Fast-moving glacier threatens valley in Mont Blanc massif

In this photo dated 2009, risk of part of the Planpincieux glacier breaking off amid climate warming in the Alps has prompted Italian authorities to forbid hikers and tourists from a section of the Val Ferrat area, shown in this June 2009 photo from the famed Tour du Mont Blanc trail outside Courmayeur, Italy. The fast-moving Italian glacier is melting quickly, threatening the picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur and prompting Mayor Stefano Miserocchi to close down a mountain road. (AP Photo / Randall Hackley)
This satellite photo provided by UNITAR-UNOSAT, and taken by USGS/NASA on Sunday, July 25, 1999, shows the Mont Blanc massif in the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier, located on the Grande Jorasses peak of the massif, is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. The glacier, which spreads 1,327 square kilometers (512 square miles) across the mountain, has been moving up to 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) a day. (USGS/NASA via AP)
This satellite photo provided by UNITAR-UNOSAT, and taken by USGS/NASA on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, shows the Mont Blanc massif in the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier, located on the Grande Jorasses peak of the massif, is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. The glacier, which spreads 1,327 square kilometers (512 square miles) across the mountain, has been moving up to 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) a day. (USGS/NASA via AP)

Fast-moving glacier threatens valley in Mont Blanc massif

In this photo dated 2009, risk of part of the Planpincieux glacier breaking off amid climate warming in the Alps has prompted Italian authorities to forbid hikers and tourists from a section of the Val Ferrat area, shown in this June 2009 photo from the famed Tour du Mont Blanc trail outside Courmayeur, Italy. The fast-moving Italian glacier is melting quickly, threatening the picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur and prompting Mayor Stefano Miserocchi to close down a mountain road. (AP Photo / Randall Hackley)
This satellite photo provided by UNITAR-UNOSAT, and taken by USGS/NASA on Sunday, July 25, 1999, shows the Mont Blanc massif in the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier, located on the Grande Jorasses peak of the massif, is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. The glacier, which spreads 1,327 square kilometers (512 square miles) across the mountain, has been moving up to 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) a day. (USGS/NASA via AP)
This satellite photo provided by UNITAR-UNOSAT, and taken by USGS/NASA on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, shows the Mont Blanc massif in the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier, located on the Grande Jorasses peak of the massif, is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. The glacier, which spreads 1,327 square kilometers (512 square miles) across the mountain, has been moving up to 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) a day. (USGS/NASA via AP)
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