Due to Global Warming, the Matterhorn is Crumbling
Climate change is responsible for the crumbling of the Matterhorn.
A mountain fallingdown
Near the Italian-Swiss border the Matterhorn, one of the great geographical icons of Europe, sits crumbling as a result of global warming. Researchers from the University of Zurich have released a new report which claims that quickly altering cycles of freezing and thawing are causing huge chunks of rock to fall off the mountain, which rises 4,478 meters (14,690 feet) and is one of Europe's tallest peaks. Like many other alpine peaks, scientists have documented a dramatic retreat of the mountain's glaciers and a severe thinning of its permafrost.
Stephan Gruber, the lead researcher, said "We have shown the importance of icy crevices and the melting water entering them, in the process of rock falls. Unlike rock itself - changes to which take place over a long period of time - just a few decades of temperatures rising by a degree or so are enough to affect the ice and water on the mountains. It's reasonable to expect the same processes are widespread elsewhere in the Alps at the same altitude."
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