"Learn a little about..." Montreux Favorite Tip by Sharrie
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Favorite thing: <BR>Learn a little about <b>Glaciers:</b>
<BR>Of the world's total supply of fresh water, 80% is in ice & snow (97% of which is in Antarctica & Greenland).
<BR>Glaciers started off as snow & over time gets compressed to firn. 10 m of fresh snow makes 1 m of firn. Firn turns to ice. Ice avalanches from glaciers account for an average of 2 deaths per annum in Switzerland. Owing to movement of these glaciers, the masts of ski lifts often have to be repositioned 3/4 times a year.
<BR>Switzerland's most extensive & highest glacial regions are in Valais & the Bernese Alps, most of which are receding.
<BR>The original sea of ice (many millennia ago) has left behind about 140 glaciers! The total area of all the Swiss glaciers is 1556 sq km / 601 sq miles.
<BR>3 largest glaciers (all in Valais):<OL TYPE=1><LI>Aletsch Glacier (Area = 117.5 sq km / 45 sq miles, Length = 23.6 km / 15 miles). Longest in Europe!
<LI>Gorner Glacier at Zermatt (Area = 63.7 sq km / 25 sq miles, Length = 14.5 km / 9 miles).
<LI>Fiesch Glacier (Area = 39 sq km / 15 sq miles, Length = 14.7 km / 9 miles).