Bodies of missing mountain climbers revealed in the mountains by melting ice

Within a few weeks, two bodies and a flying body missing for several decades were found in the Swiss Alps.

As the Earth warms, the ice melts. The extreme temperatures that have affected the European continent this year, after a winter with little snow, are causing the melting of glaciers to accelerate. The consequence: the mountains reveal new secrets.

In the past few weeks alone, two human bodies and plane wreckage have been discovered in the Swiss Alps. The results should be more and more frequent with climate change.

On August 3, two French mountaineers discovered bones while climbing the Chesguen glacier, in the canton of Valais, according to local police who are now identifying them. Hikers found it because they took a road that had not been used for years, RTS reports.

“was a mummy”

Just a week ago, another object appeared on the Stockje glacier near the popular resort of Zermatt. Alerted by “bright colors” easily spotted in the snow, two Frenchmen initially thought they had seen another mountaineer having difficulty in the distance, they said. Parisian.

However, when they got close, they actually discovered a corpse: disjointed limbs, a head separated from the body, and dry skin. “It was a mummy. The cold of the glacier froze everything,” said Luc Lechanoen, a mountaineer.

“He had no technical equipment today. He was wearing leather boots, with steel bolts attached which were no longer usable for long. Everything was perfectly preserved.”

The discovery of a telescopic wand invented in 1974 at his side suggests that his death may have been in the 1970s or 1980s, and even the process of identifying bodies can sometimes take a long time. Once you have an idea of ​​the estimated year of the disappearance, it is a matter of finding correspondence in the important file of the disappeared mountaineers.

The body of a plane crash in 1968

40 years ago, the place where the body was discovered corresponded to the bottom of the rift. Today, due to global warming, this is the current height of the glacier.

Sometimes, melting glaciers hold other surprises. Earlier this month, assembly evidence fell on the wreckage of a plane while it was sailing on the Aletsch Glacier. And the Piper Cherokee crashed in June 1968. The bodies of the three passengers have already been found but the plane has been missing for 54 years.

The melting of glaciers is causing more and more regular discoveries of the bodies of people who went missing several decades ago. In June 2012, the Aletsch glacier itself resurrected the bones of three brothers who died in 1926, reports the Swiss daily the time. In 2019, Michel Baud found his friend Jean-François Benedetti who disappeared under Alephroud Peak, in the High Alps, in 1976.

dead bodies in a dry lake

A phenomenon not only related to the Alps. The thaw on Everest is also revealing more and more bodies of climbers as nearly 300 people lost their lives during the difficult ascent and most of them are still buried under the ice.

Likewise, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Mead, a victim of drought, near Las Vegas, has seen its water level drop sharply by an average of 30 cm every week. Besides the environmental catastrophe caused by this gradual drought, many bodies, previously submerged, were recently found in the lake.

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