Giant glacier breaks apart

By Gillian Price

Gillian Price has sent us this information regarding the giant Forni glacier, visited in her guide to Italy's Stelvio National Park.

News from the Italian Glacier Register and CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.


As of August 2015, the 'giant' Forni glacier, the most extensive valley glacier in Italy, is no longer a single glacier but has split into three smaller tongues - one in the valley and two separate bodies of ice higher up. This worrying fact was registered at the end of one of the warmest summers on record. It has been calculated that over the last 26 years the glaciers in the Italian Central Alps alone have lost 2000 million litres of water - the equivalent of 800,000 olympic sized swimming pools (or four times the volume of Umbria's Lake Trasimeno).
Readers of Italian can learn more from the Italian Alpine Club. If you have any further information, or images, please let us know in the comments.
Image from the Rifugio Branca website.

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