Swiss Glacier Condom

Swiss ski resort swaddles glacier to stop melting

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.

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14 Responses:

  1. ralesk says:

    Dear Swiss people...?

  2. nidea says:

    I can only imagine the weird ecosystem that will develop around that covering...

  3. usufructer says:

    That should be 27000 square feet. Significant figures, and all.

    Anyway, that's less than two thirds of an acre. It's obviously a pet glacier, and you know how people like to dress up their pets.

    Why does WWF enter into it?

    Eight activists from the Greenpeace environmental group unfolded banners on the glacier overnight, calling for the protection of the climate rather than treatment of symptoms.

    Now they have to worry about France sinking the glacier.

  4. lars_larsen says:

    I often wonder what the yuppie fucks I see at ski resorts are thinking. They drive their 8000 pound H2 up the mountain, and then bitch when all the snow is melted from global warming. Duh!

  5. d1663m says:

    How could that story not have an image with it? Here's one.

    But somehow my imagination was better...