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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...

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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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2007-04-07 14:45:00

BEND, Ore. -- Mountaineers are bringing back firsthand accounts of vanishing glaciers, melting ice routes, crumbling rock formations and flood-prone lakes where glaciers once rose. The observations are transforming a growing number of alpine and ice climbers, some of whom have scientific training, into eyewitnesses of global warming. Increasingly, they are deciding not to leave it to scientists to tell the entire story. "I personally have done a bunch of ice climbs around the world that no...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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