Swiss glaciers – An eternal world of ice?
The newest story on Explora deals with a topic that has been much discussed not only in recent times: Swiss glaciers. While watched from afar and feared in the beginning, the first brave scholars began to explore the glaciers in the 16th century. In historical travelogues, common features of various expeditions can be recognised.
The break-through of glaciology eventually happened in the 18th century: ETH professor Martin Funk describes the difficulties that many early glaciologists were confronted with. Furthermore, the story shows the development of research methods over time and takes a look at the future: Switzerland without glaciers – phantasy or realistic future scenario?
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