Latest Alps Stories

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...

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...

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...

2009-10-30 12:30:00

LONDON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With all the chatter about global warming and changes in the Gulf Stream, one has to wonder whether or not there is less snow in the French Alps than ten years ago. Following that train of thought, scientists and skiers alike have begun to wonder if perhaps there is going to be less snow in the future for the French Alps. One ski resort, in particular has already experienced the devastating effects of less snowfall in the French Alps. Although the ski...

2009-10-19 14:05:00

LONDON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last two decades, knee injuries have been on the rise among skiers in the French Alps. It is more likely for downhill skiers to experience a lower extremity injury than any other type of injury, whether due to a fall or a collision. According to the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association, knee injuries rose from a mere nine percent to a whopping 28 percent during the years from 1994 to 2004. An increase in the use of helmets during skiing...

2009-07-17 07:03:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Evian(R) Natural Spring Water is celebrating the Evian Masters, the world's largest women's golf tournament, with select Evian guests and top American player, Natalie Gulbis, on Friday, July 17 at Hudson Terrace in New York. The event will offer a unique opportunity for guests to meet the professional golfer and receive a private tutorial on their golf swing before she takes off to compete in the tournament, which takes place in the French Alps,...

2009-06-22 10:40:00

Swiss glaciers have lost a lot of ice in recent years due to increased melting. As temperatures climb, so do the fears that the glaciers could one day disappear altogether. Until now it could only be estimated approximately how big the ice volume in the Swiss Alps actually is and how it has changed in recent years. A team of scientists headed by Martin Funk, ETH-Professor at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich, however, has now developed a novel...

2009-05-29 06:00:00

HEBRON, Ohio, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- - ArmorSource LLC and Eye Tactical Inc Team up to Launch an Advanced Lightweight Protection System (ALPS) for the Current and Future Combat Helmets ArmorSource LLC of Hebron Ohio, one of four DOD approved vendors supplying the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) to the U.S. Army; recently completed the delivery of 70,000 ACH's and now sets its sights on newly defined Research and Development targets for enhancing Warfighter Safety, Survivability and...

2009-05-12 12:52:03

A member of the Nepalese national ski team who went missing two weeks ago while training in the French Alps has been found in Paris thanks to a Facebook campaign, the team said on Monday. Uttam Rayamajhi, 17, had vanished from the ski team's base at Les Arcs in southeast France without money or spare clothes on April 27. "(He) has been discovered on the streets of Paris after members of the public recognized him from a Facebook campaign launched to find him," said team secretary Ben Campbell...

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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