2 August 2013
Alpine glaciers 'protect mountain peaks from erosion'
By Simon Redfern
Reporter, BBC News
|Mont Blanc's Bossons glacier protects the peak from rain|
Instead of wearing mountains down, evidence from Europe's high Alps shows that glaciers shield summits from erosion, acting as a protective lid.
French scientists studied erosion on Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest peak, below and around its glaciers.
Ice at the highest points froze to the mountain rock and played little part in erosion, the team said.
In contrast, water and rain eroded glacier-free areas 10 times faster than areas protected by the glacier. (...)
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