Towards the end of June 2019, a mountaineer stumbled upon a rather beautiful, but unsettling sight.
While up in the French Alps, Bryan Mestre discovered a lake at an altitude of 11,100ft while climbing the Mont Blanc mountain range.
What was truly unsettling was the fact that 10 days prior, it was not there.
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Time to sound the alarm… The problem here? These two pictures were taken only 10 days apart… It was taken earlier on June 28th, the second one was shared by Guide Mont Blanc Only 10 days of extreme heat were enough to collapse, melt and form a lake at the base of the Dent du Géant and the Aiguilles Marbrées That I know, this is the first time anything like that as ever happened. Southern Europe and the Alps have been struck by a massive heatwave with temperature ranging from 40 to 50 degrees, the below 0 freezing altitude was as high as 4,700m (15,400ft) and during the day temperatures as high as 10 degrees Celsius (50 F) were felt on top of Mont Blanc 4,810m (15,780ft)… This is truly alarming glaciers all over the world are melting at an exponential speed… Photo Credit : Gianlunca Marra (@guidemontblanc ) Thank you to my sponsor @barrabes.ski.mountain who supports me and allows me to keep on exploring! #climbing #climber #climb #frenchalps #savoie #savoiemontblanc #hautesavoie #outdoors #globalwarming #mountaineering #mountains #mountain #montagne #montaña #montagna #montanhismo #mountaineer #alpinist #alpinism #alpinisme #alpinismo #alpi #alps #environment #savetheplanet #climatechange #montblanc @patagonia @beal.official @millet_mountain @blueiceclimbing
In an Instagram post, Mr Mestre wrote:
Time to sound the alarm… The problem here? These two pictures were taken only 10 days apart… It was taken earlier on June 28th, the second one was shared by Paul Todhunter.
Only 10 days of extreme heat were enough to collapse, melt and form a lake at the base of the Dent du Géant and the Aiguilles Marbrées That I know, this is the first time anything like that as ever happened.
It is suspected that the recent heat wave throughout Europe could be the cause and this confirms what scientists have been saying for years regarding weather pattern shifts and how they will affect this beautiful planet.
The shock came to Mestre when he was discussing his find with IFLScience, noting that the lake was discovered well above the snow line.
You’re supposed to find ice and snow at this altitude, not liquid water. Most of the time when we stay for a day at this altitude, the water in our water bottles starts freezing.
I have been up there a fair amount of times, in June, July and even August, and I have never seen liquid water up there, and I’m not only talking about Mt Blanc massif, I have been up dozens of [mountains] around the Alps.
During the hottest days, you may find snow melting, but that’s it.
In 2015, glaciologist Ludovic Ravanel spotted a smaller lake. It was back then that he warned that this was the start of a much greater problem and that it will only get worse.
Last June was recorded as the hottest ever on Earth and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has noted that on average, the temperature is more than 2°C above normal levels.
Spain, Germany and France were worst affected, with temperatures soaring from 6°C to 10°C above normal levels.
If that’s not an eye opener to how real climate change is, I honestly don’t know what more it would take.
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To all the people claiming it was a fake or a photoshopped picture, a false flag or whatever… It’s very real, the glacier is in terrible shape and liquid water only accelerates the melting process… There’s now a lake at the base of Dent du Géant and Aiguilles Marbrées…. Keep sharing! Thank you to my sponsor @barrabes.ski.mountain who supports me and allows me to keep on exploring! #climbing #climber #climb #frenchalps #savoie #savoiemontblanc #hautesavoie #outdoors #globalwarming #mountaineering #mountains #mountain #montagne #montagna #montaña #montanhismo #mountaineer #alpinist #alpinism #alpinisme #alpinismo #alpi #alps #alpes #environment #savetheplanet #climatechange #montblanc @beal.official @millet_mountain @patagonia @blueiceclimbing
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