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Scientists Race to Read Austria's Melting Climate Archive - In Pictures

World | Reuters | September 23, 2019, 2:05 pm
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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, examines an ice core of Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria.
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, examines an ice core of Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria. "We are now roughly in 1920. The rest has already been lost - everything from 1920 until now," Fischer said of her work seeking Austria's oldest ice at the top of the Weissseespitze, a peak more than 3,500 metres high. "In the next two years we will lose another 70 years (of ice and data)," Fischer said, describing ice at the top of the glacier. (Image: Reuters)

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 Environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, uses a chainsaw to cut out a sample of ice inside an artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, uses a chainsaw to cut out a sample of ice inside an artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks along the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks along the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, poses beneath icicles at the entrance of the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, poses beneath icicles at the entrance of the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer and environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, inspect the thickness difference of the part of Schaufelferner glacier that is covered with a special fleece fabric protecting ice from sun and heat and the part that is not covered, near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer and environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, inspect the thickness difference of the part of Schaufelferner glacier that is covered with a special fleece fabric protecting ice from sun and heat and the part that is not covered, near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 A group of scientists from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research cross the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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A group of scientists from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research cross the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks at the entrance of an ice cave of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks at the entrance of an ice cave of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 Werner Aeschbach, head of the ArTTA Atom Trap Trace Analysis working group, wheels a container with ice sample inside, towards a laboratory of the Argon-Preparation-System at the Institute of Environmental Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar is an ultra-sensitive detection method based on principles of quantum mechanics. Scientists extract Argon, a Noble Gas, from the air bubbles trapped in the ice. After the extraction, scientists catch and count the rare Ar39 atoms to determine the age of the air and in result the age of the ice. (Image: Reuters)
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Werner Aeschbach, head of the ArTTA Atom Trap Trace Analysis working group, wheels a container with ice sample inside, towards a laboratory of the Argon-Preparation-System at the Institute of Environmental Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar is an ultra-sensitive detection method based on principles of quantum mechanics. Scientists extract Argon, a Noble Gas, from the air bubbles trapped in the ice. After the extraction, scientists catch and count the rare Ar39 atoms to determine the age of the air and in result the age of the ice. (Image: Reuters)

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 Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, checks a precipitation measuring station next to Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, checks a precipitation measuring station next to Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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 A copilot controls helicopter transportation of gear after an ice drilling run at Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria. (Image: Reuters)
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A copilot controls helicopter transportation of gear after an ice drilling run at Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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