ANDERMATT, Switzerland (AFP) -- A Swiss ski resort Tuesday wrapped up an entire glacier to stop it melting and to protect ski runs. The protective layer covers an area of 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet) of the Gurschen glacier at Andermatt in the centre of the country, Andermatt Gotthard Sportbahnen SA which operates ski lifts said.
The sheet covering the glacier, situated in the canton of Uri, is 3.8 mm (0.15 inch) thick and made of synthetic fibres which protect the snow cover from ultraviolet radiation with the aim of preventing the ice from melting. It will be removed in the autumn and put back next spring.
Over the past 15 years the glacier has receded by about 20 metres from one of its stations, the ski lift company said.
But the WWF environmental group said that "covering up glaciers is not going to solve the problem of global warming." Only climate protection measures such as cutting back greenhouse gases are useful, it said in a statement.
Swiss ski resort swaddles glacier to stop melting
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