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    PHOTOS: Glacial Meltdown

    By By Robert Kunzig
    September 30, 2013, 6:31:35 AM EDT

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    These images and excerpt are from the October 125th anniversary issue of

    National Geographic magazine.


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    Glaciers are wild beasts. Back in our preindustrial days we feared them like wolves—except glaciers ate whole villages. By the late 19th century they’d become tourist attractions; in Switzerland you could venture into the belly of the Rhône Glacier through a tunnel dug each summer next to the Hotel Belvedere. By then we had also begun creating a world that may one day have no room for glaciers. But for now, beasts they remain.


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