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From ice to rocks: A tale of glacier retreat in the Italian Alps

With global warming, glaciers around the world are melting at an alarming rate. Discover in this 360° video how the Ventina glacier in the Italian Alps has receded by roughly one kilometre in less than a century, reducing rivers’ volumes across the Lombardy region.

In Valmalenco in the Italian Alps, the Ventina glacier is receding about 30 metres each year due to climate change and human activities.

Mattia Gussoni and Andrea Toffaletti from Servizio Glaciologico Lombardo, a scientific centre for glacier study and analysis, explain the causes and consequences of the glacier’s retreat, and show us how far the glacier went back in the 1930’s.

The 360° images of the glacier’s valley and its impressive moraines tell a story spanning several centuries, from the Little Ice Age to our days, and show a transformation that few could have imagined just a few decades ago.

Video producer: Elena Roda
Music: “Words don’t cover” by Club Voltaire


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