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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.


    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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