Plane wreck, 2 sets of remains exposed under melting glacier in Switzerland

The plane wreck, 2 sets of remains exposed under the melting glacier in Switzerland - Photo 1.

Blankets to prevent snow melt at the Tsanfleuron glacier on Les Diablerets, Switzerland – Photo: AFP

According to the sheet The Independent On August 10, a climbing team in Switzerland discovered two unidentified skeletons in the Alps.

A local guide said one set of remains, located near an abandoned road near the Chessjen glacier, could be a mountaineer who died in the 1970s or 1980s. The remaining remains were found in the river. Stockji ice near Zermatt resort.

Police are analyzing DNA to identify the two sets of remains.

Since the mid-1920s, police in the Alps have kept a list of people believed to have gone missing in the mountains. There are about 300 names on the missing list.

Due to the current heat wave, the rate of ice melt is far beyond what scientists previously predicted, researchers warn.

Low snowfall in winter and heat waves across the continent for two consecutive summers have severely affected the ice sheet. The region’s glaciers are on the verge of melting by the largest amount in at least 60 years.

In recent weeks, many videos have captured alarming ice collapses, caused by the destabilization of melting glaciers. Authorities in many places have used special blankets to try to insulate the glaciers against the summer heat.

The thin layer of ice and snow even revealed the wreckage of a plane believed to have crashed in 1968, killing three people. Bodies were found after the crash, but debris has remained in Switzerland’s Aletsch glacier ever since.

Last month, while high temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius in many European countries, the Swiss mountain village of Zermatt recorded a record 30 degrees Celsius. The village is located at an altitude of 1,600 meters above the sea. sea ​​level.

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