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Climate change fuels sharp increase in glacier lakes

Paris - The volume of lakes formed as glaciers worldwide melt due to climate change has jumped by 50 percent in 30 years, according to a new study based on satellite data.

Italian valley still in 'red zone' as Mont Blanc glacier threatens collapse

Courmayeur - An Italian alpine resort remained on high alert Friday over fears a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures."No one gets through!

Mt Fuji to be closed in summer due to pandemic

Apo - Japan's beloved Mount Fuji will be closed during this year's summer climbing season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, officials said Monday.

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.
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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.
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
The Alberta Provincial Highway 40 is primarily in Kananaskis Country so if you travel this route  yo...
The Alberta Provincial Highway 40 is primarily in Kananaskis Country so if you travel this route, you’ll see some of the most spectacular views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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.
A field overlooking the mountains at the entrance of Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
A field overlooking the mountains at the entrance of Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
Mountain rescue workers take a rest on the rocks of mount Untersberg near the mouth of the Riesendin...
Mountain rescue workers take a rest on the rocks of mount Untersberg near the mouth of the Riesending cave complex near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany on June 19, 2014
Nicolas Armer, DPA/AFP
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.
Wikimedia / YSSYguy
Hibiscus flower at sunset - Spanish countryside
Hibiscus flower at sunset - Spanish countryside
This is a picture i took in colorado springs in the Wintertime 2005
This is a picture i took in colorado springs in the Wintertime 2005
File photo: Avalanche.
File photo: Avalanche.
nps.gov
A view of the mountains hovering in the background of a Vancouver street
A view of the mountains hovering in the background of a Vancouver street
Jacon Frenkel
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.
NASA image of Mars  pink mountains
NASA image of Mars' pink mountains
NASA
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park also known as the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada ...
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park also known as the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a spiritual place to the Blackfoot tribe and other tribes. The carvings and paintings known to be 3,000 - 5,000 years old, are protected.
The White River winds through the colorful Ozark Mountains.  On Hwy. 62 near Eureka Springs  Ark.
The White River winds through the colorful Ozark Mountains. On Hwy. 62 near Eureka Springs, Ark.
The last viewpoint of the Bear’s Hump trail in Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
The last viewpoint of the Bear’s Hump trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
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.
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
This is a photo of the Columbia Icefield in the summer when tours are operating. The Athabasca Glaci...
This is a photo of the Columbia Icefield in the summer when tours are operating. The Athabasca Glacier has receded immensely and they have markers that show you how far it has receded if you go on the tour.
The two Albatross planes crashed in mountains similar to these in the northern Drakensberg.
The two Albatross planes crashed in mountains similar to these in the northern Drakensberg.

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