A magnificent glacier in the Swiss Alps is in danger of cracking up. If the Giesen glacier breaks up to five million cubic metres of ice could fall into the valley below.
Giesen is located at an altitude of 2,800 metres in the Bernese alps.
Martin Funk who is a glaciologist explained:
“ There are two scenarios. One possibility is that it has detached itself from the other part of the glacier. The other is that the lower part is not fed anymore by the upper part of the glacier.”
Why’s it happened? Well it’s certainly due to global warming. But then, we are in the mountains here and the glacier is alive.”
Although no villages or other communities are directly threatened by the ice if it falls, local rivers could be affected by a sudden rise in water levels, breaking their banks and flooding the nearby valley.