popular Pyrenees mountain glacier disappears entirely


The Gourgs Blancs glacier in the Pyrenees, a popular spot for amateur mountaineers because of its accessibility, has now completely disappeared due to rising temperatures.

The glacier was located at an altitude of 3,128 meters and was located in the Luchonnais Valley region of Haute-Garonne, near the border with Spain.

The photo in the Tweet below shows a comparison of the glacier at the start of the 20th century and the photo below, taken on August 6 this year.

For Patrick Lagleize, head of the group of high mountain guides in the Pyrenees, the disappearance of the glacier is “heartbreaking”.

“It hurts us a lot to see the glaciers disappear but we have always been able to adapt to our environment,” he said. France3.

The Gourgs Blancs were particularly popular with mountaineers because, despite their altitude of over 3,000 meters, they were easily accessible to amateur climbers.

Mr Lagleize said snow and ice make mountaineering easier and easier.

However, for 12 years, the guides have avoided going up via the Gourgs Blanc glacier for lack of snow and only follow the route on the way down.

The glaciers of the Pyrenees will disappear by 2050

Pyrenean glaciers have lost 90% of their area since 1850, Montagnes Magazine reports.

Pierre René, founder of Moraine, association for the observation of glaciers in the Pyrenees, has already said that by 2050, all the glaciers in the mountain ranges will have disappeared.

“I counted 44 glaciers during the first inventory I did in the year 2000,” he told the 20 Minutes news site in 2016.

“Today, there are only 27 left.

“We are witnessing their disappearance. In 1850, they were a hundred. We have already lost three quarters.

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