Heat Causes Alarm – Long Cracks Formed on Marmolada Glacier

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Two weeks after the glacier ruptured on Marmolada peak, killing 11 people, high temperatures in the Dolomites continue to sound the alarm. The Marmolada Glacier in northern Italy’s Trentino was controlled from above after a mountain lodge operator reported a loud bang on the right side of the massif.

The experts found that a large fissure had formed in the glacier. According to the first aerial photos, the fissure is about 200 meters long and 30 meters wide, Italian media reported. The area has been closed to hikers since the July 3 tragedy. Laser and interferometer glacier observation continues.

Meanwhile, the work of the Carabinieri to allocate the body parts of the victims of the glacier collapse has been completed. Laboratory tests have made it possible to compare about 100 DNA samples and confirm the identities of the 11 dead. Some family members received materials and equipment belonging to their loved ones, which had been recovered by the rescue teams during the search.

Temperatures are also rising in the high mountains
The heat wave that has been plaguing Italy for weeks is also causing temperatures in the high mountains to rise. On Sunday, 4.9 degrees Celsius was measured on the Capanna Margherita, at an altitude of 4554 meters, a refuge on the peaks of Monte Rosa in Piedmont in northern Italy. On Saturday it was 3.1 degrees.

These are not highs: on September 11, 2018, Monte Rosa reached 8.5 degrees. But as meteorologists have discovered, there have never been such long periods of heat as this year. In the Gran Paradiso massif, a maximum of 11.5 degrees was measured at 3,272 meters on Sunday.

Source: Krone

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