European Mountain Top Vanishes

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'One day, the mountain top was simply gone,' says Gunther Heissel, director of the Austrian Research Centre for Alpine Geology in Innsbruck, about 450km from capital Vienna. 'The glaciers on the Alpine mountains flow 20 centimetres a day due to the melting of permafrost,' Heissel told IPS. The pace of the melting is believed to be at least partly a consequence of global warming.

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