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2011-07-06 07:30:00

BERNE, Switzerland, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The adventure continues - the American climber and writer John Harlin III begins the third and final chapter of his attempt to travel the entire 2,000km Swiss border on July 6. After paddling and cycling along the northern and western borders, this summer he will climb the thin, and often dangerous, alpine line that separates Switzerland from its southern neighbours. Follow John's adventure through his multimedia Border Stories,...

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2011-05-25 10:05:00

A small, flowering plant has been discovered at a record-setting high-altitude in the Swiss alps, Basel University tells AFP. "It is almost a miracle, but at (14,780 feet), at 40 meters below the Dom peak in the canton of Valais, the ... Saxifraga oppositifolia has been recently discovered. It is the highest elevation flowering plant that has ever been documented in Europe, and the location is probably the coldest point in the world where a flowering plant has been found," the statement...

2011-05-02 23:36:34

In one of his songs Bob Dylan asks "How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea?", and thus poses an intriguing geological question for which an accurate answer is not easily provided. Mountain ranges are in a constant interplay between climatically controlled weathering processes on the one hand and the tectonic forces that cause folding and thrusting and thus thickening of the Earth's crust on the other hand. While erosion eventually erases any geological obstacles,...

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2011-03-17 06:43:09

Typical clovers have three leaves, unless you happen to be lucky, and NASA's Aqua satellite has provided three different views of Ireland to mark Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2011. With the luck o' the Irish, NASA's Aqua satellite was fortunate to capture mostly clear views of the Emerald Isle in these near-infrared/visible, infrared and microwave light views acquired by Aqua's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on March 3, 2011, at 13:11 UTC. Ireland, located in the Atlantic...

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2010-12-06 07:53:36

For years, geologists have argued about the processes that formed steep inner gorges in the broad glacial valleys of the Swiss Alps. The U-shaped valleys were created by slow-moving glaciers that behaved something like road graders, eroding the bedrock over hundreds or thousands of years. When the glaciers receded, rivers carved V-shaped notches, or inner gorges, into the floors of the glacial valleys. But scientists disagreed about whether those notches were erased by subsequent glaciers and...

2010-11-10 00:00:37

His home base, journey trail and cause of death are revealed for the first time. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 9, 2010 The Logistics News Network has learned that a book has been released purporting to answer many of the secrets surrounding the ancient iceman known as Ötzi , who was unearthed in the Italian Alps in 1991. The basis for this information is the decorated military intelligence officer and legendary psychic remote viewer Joseph McMoneagle. Author S.J. Seeds provided...

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2010-10-15 12:30:00

The world's longest tunnel was started on Friday using a giant drilling machine to help clear a path deep beneath the Swiss Alps. "The Gotthard will forever be a spectacular and grandiose monument with which all tunnels will be compared," said Swiss Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger. The 35.4-mile Gotthard base tunnel will connect a new network between northern and southeastern Europe, which could shift truck freight onto rails and decongest the Alps in central Switzerland when it opens...

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2010-06-15 09:40:00

New research led by University of Exeter suggests climate change increases hazard risk in alpine regions Climate change could cause increasing and unpredictable hazard risks in mountainous regions, according to a new study from the University of Exeter and Austrian researchers. The study analyses the effects of two extreme weather events "“ the 2003 heatwave and the 2005 flood "“ on the Eastern European Alps. It demonstrates what impact events like these, predicted to become more...

2009-11-09 12:02:00

LONDON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpine Elements, the world's premiere provider of holiday fun, has issued an invitation to 'Star Wars' fans to vacation in the French Alps. Alpine Elements is renowned for organizing winter and summer fun for countless vacationers. Specializing in high altitude skiing holidays, a 'Star Wars' holiday seems like an unlikely combination. The owner of Alpine Elements, James Hardiman, explains about the 'Star Wars' ski run in Avoriaz. Alpine Elements, specializing...

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2009-11-05 14:20:00

Correlation between mountain growth and climate The Alps are growing just as quickly in height, as they are shrinking. This paradoxical result could be proven by a group of German and Swiss geoscientists. Due to glaciers and rivers about exactly the same amount of material is eroded from the Alp slopes as is regenerated from the deep Earth's crust. The climatic cycles of the glacial period in Europe over the past 2.5 million years have accelerated this erosion process. In the latest volume of...


Latest Alps Reference Libraries

Alpine Ibex, Capra ibex
2012-08-24 16:23:24

The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) can be found in the European Alps. It is locally known as the Steinbock in German, the bouquetin in French, the kozorog in Slovenian, and the stambecco in Italian. Its range was once restricted to Northern Italy in the Gran Paradiso National Park, but now comprises nearly all of the European Alps including France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, and Switzerland. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas near the snowline on the edge of forests. It can be found at...

Topographic Effects On Weather
2012-07-30 13:18:48

The Japanese Alps are a major weather component and dictate a lot of weather patterns in Japan. The first is when Typhoons move northward and impact Japan. If they remain on the eastern side of the Alps they will bring very heavy rain to the capitol region of Tokyo along with very strong winds. In the winter the Alps create two types of climates at the same latitude. On the Western side near the city of Kanazawa Japan, the winters can be long and harsh with snowfall amounts in the feet....

2012-06-18 10:37:28

Symbol: ARUM Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Forb/herb Native Status: L48    I Synonyms:   ARLA18 Artemisia laxa (Lam.) Fritsch Distribution: ArtemisiaumbelliformisLam. distribution:USA(NY) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta –...

2012-06-19 04:52:47

Symbol: ACDI6 Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    I CAN    I Synonyms:   ACDE10 Achillea dentifera DC. Distribution: AchilleadistansWaldst. & Kit. ex Willd. distribution:USA(MA, NY),CAN(QC) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants...

2012-06-19 04:52:48

Symbol: ACDIT Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Synonyms:   ACTA2 Achillea tanacetifolia All. Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons Subclass   Asteridae Order   Asterales Family   Asteraceae –...

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