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2005-02-13 11:20:24

GRENOBLE, France, (AFP) -- Mountain areas have long been recognised as being vulnerable to global warming, with rising temperatures damaging a fragile habitat for wildlife and threatening the future of low-altitude ski resorts. Now, though, a further threat is starting to emerge: tsunamis. The idea may sound bizarre. After all, killer waves are perceived as a threat to coastal communities, vulnerable to walls of water unleashed by giant earthquakes. That was the case in the December 26...

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2005-01-30 09:35:07

CHACALTAYA GLACIER, Bolivia (AP) -- Up and down the icy spine of South America, the glaciers are melting, the white mantle of the Andes Mountains washing away at an ever faster rate. "Look. You can see. Chacaltaya has split in two," scientist Edson Ramirez said as he led a visitor up toward a once-grand ice flow high in the thin air of the Bolivian cordillera. In the distance below, beneath drifting clouds, sprawled 2-mile-high La Paz, a growing city that survives on the water running off...

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2004-12-03 07:30:00

NASA -- When people talk about something moving at a glacial pace, they are referring to speeds that make a tortoise look like a hare. While it is all relative, glaciers actually flow at speeds that require time lapses to recognize. Still, researchers who study Earth's ice and the flow of glaciers have been surprised to find the world's fastest glacier in Greenland doubled its speed between 1997 and 2003. The finding is important for many reasons. For starters, as more ice moves from...


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