Over the past 27 years of the Presena glacier has decreased by one third
The glacier of the Presena in Italy, hiding under the tarpaulin. In this way he wants to save from extinction. Due to global warming and sun glacier since 1993 have been reduced by more than a third, – the publication reports comments.ua.
The Presena glacier is located in the North of Italy. There is a lot of ski resorts. However, in summer these areas begins a real test of survival. Under the influence of the scorching sun, the glacier begins to melt, with catastrophic speed.
The idea of hiding the glacier in the summer under a white tarpaulin originated in 2008. Then I managed to cover about 30 thousand square meters of the glacier. This time to hide from the sun I want about 100 thousand square meters. Now the defenders of nature working at a height of about three kilometers above sea level.
“The glacier is continuously shrinking and we want to cover more territory,” said David Panico, the head of the company, which covers the glacier.
This tarpaulin is not quite normal, says Panico. He is able to reflect sunlight, and the temperature under it is maintained at a low level.
Under cover of the glacier will be until the autumn. When starts the new ski season it again will be removed. To cover the Presena tarpaulin may need about six weeks. The same it is necessary to remove it.
“When we harvest these leaves in September, we see that the function they fulfilled, and proud of themselves,” – said the head of rescue operations Franco Del Pero.
By the way, to all the leaves were off and not slip, sew them with each other, and then sometimes put on top of the sandbags.