By Paul Homewood
From HH Lamb’s Climate, History and the Modern World , page 215
I have shown this comparison of the Rhone Glacier between 1750 and 1950 previously. It is from HH Lamb’s “Climate, History and the Modern World”.
It show just how much of the glacier was lost prior to 1950.
I have unearthed some more photos, to help fill in the gaps.
Back in 1856, Rhône Glacier almost reached Gletsch village down in the valley. View from the valley.
In 1870, Rhône Glacier had retreated about half a mile
and lost considerably in thickness, but still leaped down to the valley
The glacier appears to be about as large in 1856 as it was drawn in 1750. But even by 1870 it had experienced a rapid retreat.
We can contrast the 1950 photo with one taken in 2009
They actually look pretty similar.
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