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Photos taken century apart show stark Mont Blanc glacier melt

Paris - In 1919 a pioneering aviator took iconic photos of the Mont Blanc glaciers. A century later, a team of experts has recreated the images to highlight the drastic ice melt caused by rising temperatures.

Italian Alpine glacier close to collapse, officials warn

Rome - Part of a massive glacier on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc mountain range is close to collapse after accelerated melting in the late summer heat, officials at a nearby town warned Wednesday.

Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people dressed in black went on a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

New insight into the origin of the Canadian Rockies

A new study provides insight into the origin of the Canadian Rockies, suggesting that the mountains formed from a westward collision event more than 100 million years ago

Farmers fume as France stands firm on more Pyrenees bears

Pau - Dozens of farmers and local officials stormed out of a meeting with France's new environment minister on Thursday as he confirmed two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains.

Farmers fume as France announces more bears for the Pyrenees

Pau - Dozens of farmers and lawmakers stormed out of a meeting Thursday with France's new environment minister after he confirmed that two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains.

Arctic heat melts away Sweden's highest peak

Stockholm - Sweden's highest peak, a glacier on the southern tip of the Kebnekaise mountain, is melting due to record hot Arctic temperatures and is no longer the nation's tallest point, scientists said Wednesday.

Climate change makes mountain tops bloom, for now

Paris - Europe's mountain summits are flush with new plant species, a greening that has increased in lock-step with the acceleration of global warming since the mid-20th century, researchers said Wednesday.

Swiss glacier collapses, after hundreds evacuated

Geneva - Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said.

Human remains found on Mont Blanc may belong to Air India victims

Grenoble - Body parts that could belong to passengers killed in one or other of two Air India plane crashes more than years ago have been found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, sources said Friday.

Swiss couple found on glacier after 75 years buried at last

Geneva - The remains of a couple, found on a receding glacier in the Swiss Alps 75 years after they had disappeared, were at long last buried on Saturday near their native village.

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Geneva - A 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.

Mont Blanc cable car to reopen 9 months after dramatic rescue

Grenoble - A cable car whose dramatic breakdown last September forced 33 tourists to spend the night stranded -- suspended high over the French Alps -- is to reopen on Thursday, local officials announced.

Doubt over Everest's true height spurs fresh expedition

New Delhi - Scientists will take the tape measure to Mount Everest to determine whether a massive earthquake in Nepal really did knock an inch off the world's tallest peak.

Nepal seeks to drain giant glacial lake near Everest

Kathmandu - Nepali soldiers have kicked off efforts to partially drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, fearing possible flooding that could threaten the lives of thousands, an army official said Friday.

Slalom course for ski areas facing future without snow

Grenoble - As temperatures rise there is less of it or sometimes even none at all -- global warming is forcing ski areas to think about the once unthinkable, a future without snow.

American daredevil Strange dies in wingsuit jump

Ginebra - The American daredevil Johnny Strange has died in the Swiss Alps while attempting a wingsuit jump, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one the most dangerous extreme sports, authorities said Friday.

Forest fire spreads in Big Bear, California Special

Big Bear Lake - A forest fire began in the mountain town of Big Bear, California at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. It rapidly spread eastward, covering more than 10 acres by 3:00 p.m. Parts of the 7000-foot high popular tourist and residential town are being evacuated.

Climbers' bodies found on Ecuador volcano after 20 years

Quito - Three bodies found on Ecuador's Chimborazo volcano are believed to be those of climbers who went missing some 20 years ago in an avalanche, officials said Sunday.

First of two flight recorders from Indonesia jet found near crash

Jakarta - Disaster workers have located one of two electronic flight recorders that could reveal why a Indonesian passenger plane carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency aid for impoverished families crashed in Papua province.

Mount Everest shifted southwest due to Nepal earthquake

Bejing - A devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April moved Mount Everest three centimetres (just over an inch) to the southwest, but did not change its height, according to Chinese research published on Tuesday.The 7.

Photo Essay: Alberta Rocky Mountains Special

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are located in the West of the province; it is a land of wilderness and nature with many rivers and trails, the Rocky Mountains draw many tourists each year.

Moving mountains wrecking havoc on environment in China

As the old saying goes, "Where there's a will, there's a way." And this seems to be the tactic being used by one of China's biggest construction companies in their plan to level 700 mountains in preparation for the building of a new city.

Mountains on Saturn moon are 'celestial debris'

Mountains at the equator on Iapetus, a moon of the planet Saturn, may have come from space rather than being formed on the surface of the satellite.

Shocking discovery: Lightning can shape mountains!

Lightning has long been hailed as one of the most impressive displays of nature's power. But no one would have imagined that it was responsible for the shape of mountains!

Watch: Eagle soars with GoPro camera for a true bird's eye view

Ever wanted to see the world from a bird's eye? A video of the Chamonix valley of France's Mer de Glace, shot by an eagle using a GoPro camera, soared to the top of Reddit's video page recently.

Photo Essay: Landscapes of Alberta, Canada Special

This Photo Essay is a culmination of the great places I have visited in Alberta. The landscapes during all four seasons are absolutely spectacular. The province of Alberta is a Canadian treasure for its natural beauty and wildlife.

Photo Essay: Hiking Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island Special

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the oldest Provincial Park in British Columbia, surrounded by the Vancouver Island Mountains, where nature has been conserved for all to view with accessible trails, maps and parking.

Photo Essay: Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Park - This is a Photo Essay of Waterton Lakes National Park in Waterton, Alberta, one of Canada’s treasured tourist vacation spots. This area is a photographer’s dream especially for anyone interested in wildlife and landscape photography.
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POSSIBLE TRAGEDY: A Trigana Air Service ATR 42 waits on the tarmac at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo ...
POSSIBLE TRAGEDY: A Trigana Air Service ATR 42 waits on the tarmac at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. A similar plane is believed to have crashed Sunday on a Trigana flight from Jayapura to Oksibil.
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Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake tra...
Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake trail in Strathcona Provincial Park.
Alpine valley located in between Bohinj and Trenta  near Ljubljana  Slovenia.
Alpine valley located in between Bohinj and Trenta, near Ljubljana, Slovenia.
At Kananaskis Village in autumn  this is the view from the outlook of the spectacular mountains in K...
At Kananaskis Village in autumn, this is the view from the outlook of the spectacular mountains in Kananaskis Country.
Riding out of camp towards the Sheep Cliffs
Riding out of camp towards the Sheep Cliffs
NASA image of Mars  pink mountains
NASA image of Mars' pink mountains
NASA
The burnt area as seen from the north shore of Big Bear Lake on August 24  2015
The burnt area as seen from the north shore of Big Bear Lake on August 24, 2015
Lake Tekapo s immense valley and ski field below steep mountains
Lake Tekapo's immense valley and ski field below steep mountains
Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in ho...
Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in hopes of catching a snack from the hikers. They are very friendly and will feed out of your hand.
Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park  Paradise Meado...
Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park, Paradise Meadows Trail Head as it heads back toward the Strathcona Wildlife Institute parking lot.
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Pro...
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Provincial Park to the Mt. Washington condominium accommodations.
By 3:20 p.m.  the flames has spread Eastward toward Snow Summit
By 3:20 p.m., the flames has spread Eastward toward Snow Summit
Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washingt...
Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washington Alpine Area.
Waterton Lakes National Park is one of Alberta’s treasures. This Park is also protected and visito...
Waterton Lakes National Park is one of Alberta’s treasures. This Park is also protected and visitors from all over the world visit each year to explore some of the spectacular scenery.
Kitty Pilgrim standing on snow-capped mountain.
Kitty Pilgrim standing on snow-capped mountain.
Courtesy of Kitty Pilgrim
Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship...
Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship lake trail at Strathcona Provincial Park.
Sunset over the mountains near Tromso  Norway
Sunset over the mountains near Tromso, Norway
P J Hansen
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
The view from Antalya s yacht harbor toward the Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains
The view from Antalya's yacht harbor toward the Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains

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