Huge blankets in the Alps could prevent a big thaw
By Rena Marie Pacella; Illustrations by Graham MurdochPosted 06.29.2007 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Where: Swiss Alps Cost: $12 million per square mile
The Problem Glaciers-Earth's largest freshwater reservoir, collectively covering an area the size of South America-are melting away, shrinking by up to hundreds of feet per year in some places. The Alps alone stand to lose three quarters of its glaciers by 2050, and what's left by the end of the century.