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Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Scientists are racing to read a rapidly melting archive of climate data going back thousands of years - the inside of Austria's Alpine glaciers.

Mountain glaciers are receding the world over as average global temperatures rise - a phenomenon that will be described in detail in a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week.
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September 23, 2019
A group of scientists from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research cross the Jamtalferner...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A group of scientists from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research cross the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2019
Plants grow near a lake in front of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Plants grow near a lake in front of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, examines...
FEICHTEN IM KAUNERTAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, examines an ice core of Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria, March 21, 2019. "We are now roughly at 1920. The rest has already been lost - everything from 1920 until now," Fischer said of her work seeking Austria's oldest ice at the top of the Weissseespitze, a peak more than 3,500 metres high. "In the next two years we will lose another 70 years (of ice and data)," Fischer said, describing ice at the top of the glacier. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research,...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, uses a chainsaw to cut out a sample of ice inside an artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A view down at snowcapped mountains of Kaunertal valley near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria, March 21,...
FEICHTEN IM KAUNERTAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A view down at snowcapped mountains of Kaunertal valley near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A copilot controls helicopter transportation of gear after an ice drilling run at Gepatschferner glacier...
FEICHTEN IM KAUNERTAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A copilot controls helicopter transportation of gear after an ice drilling run at Gepatschferner glacier at Weissseespitze summit at over 3,500 meters above sea level, near Feichten im Kaunertal, Austria, March 21, 2019. Scientists from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research are seeking Austria's oldest ice at the top of the Weissseespitze summit. They have drilled to the bottom of the comparatively undisturbed glacier to extract samples of its ice, which is being analysed for information on the local climate thousands of years ago. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A person walks next to covered depots of snow to outlast the summer in a glacier ski resort near the...
ST. LEONHARD IM PITZTAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A person walks next to covered depots of snow to outlast the summer in a glacier ski resort near the village of St. Leonhard im Pitztal, Austria, July 6, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A ski slope with snow cannons makes its way downhill to a station of a cablecar on a sunny autumn day...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A ski slope with snow cannons makes its way downhill to a station of a cablecar on a sunny autumn day near the alpine village of Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer and environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer and environmental physicist Pascal Bohleber from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, inspect the thickness difference of the part of Schaufelferner glacier that is covered with a special fleece fabric protecting ice from sun and heat and the part that is not covered, near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. The ablation of the unprotected part is up to 4 meters per year, three times faster than the ice loss of the protected part. The scientists stand directly on unprotected parts of the glacier in front of the protected ice shield of Schaufelferner glacier. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, poses...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, poses beneath icicles at the entrance of the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks along the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Ice layers are seen inside the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski...
NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Ice layers are seen inside the artificial ice tunnel of Schaufelferner glacier at Stubaier glacier ski resort near Neustift im Stubaital, Austria, October 22, 2018. Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research can determine weather conditions, the amount of precipitation and ice ablation of past years in these layers. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, checks...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, checks a precipitation measuring station next to Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Werner Aeschbach, head of the ArTTA Atom Trap Trace Analysis working group, wheels a container with ice...
Heidelberg, Germany
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Werner Aeschbach, head of the ArTTA Atom Trap Trace Analysis working group, wheels a container with ice sample inside, towards a laboratory of the Argon-Preparation-System at the Institute of Environmental Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, December 6, 2018. Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar is an ultra-sensitive detection method based on principles of quantum mechanics. Scientists extract Argon, a Noble Gas, from the air bubbles trapped in the ice. After the extraction, scientists catch and count the rare Ar39 atoms to determine the age of the air and in result the age of the ice. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
An infrared laser, made visible by vapour, is split by a birefringent crystal into one vertical and one...
Heidelberg, Germany
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
An infrared laser, made visible by vapour, is split by a birefringent crystal into one vertical and one horizontal beam, demonstrated with an ArTTA Atom Trap Trace Analysis system at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, December 7, 2018. Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar is an ultra-sensitive detection method based on principles of quantum mechanics. Scientists extract Argon, a Noble Gas, from the air bubbles trapped in the ice. After the extraction, scientists catch and count the rare Ar39 atoms to determine the age of the air and in result the age of the ice. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
PhD students of Physics Julian Robertz, Maximilian Schmidt and Lisa Ringena discuss results of the Atom...
Heidelberg, Germany
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
PhD students of Physics Julian Robertz, Maximilian Schmidt and Lisa Ringena discuss results of the Atom Trap Trace Analysis system at the ArTTA laboratory at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, December 7, 2018. Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar is an ultra-sensitive detection method based on principles of quantum mechanics. Scientists extract Argon, a Noble Gas, from the air bubbles trapped in the ice. After the extraction, scientists catch and count the rare Ar39 atoms to determine the age of the air and in result the age of the ice. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
The cabin of a cable car makes its way uphill to the Sonnblick Observatory at 3,106 meters above sea...
RAURIS, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
The cabin of a cable car makes its way uphill to the Sonnblick Observatory at 3,106 meters above sea level, in the Hohe Tauern mountain range near Rauris, Austria, November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Meteorologist Elke Ludewig from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics ZAMG, looks up...
RAURIS, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Meteorologist Elke Ludewig from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics ZAMG, looks up an ice load scale at the Sonnblick Observatory at 3,106 meters above sea level, located in the Hohe Tauern mountain range near Rauris, Austria, November 23, 2018. The ice load scale measures the load of ice starting to freeze on the stick. The ZAMG is operating the instrument to get statistics of the possible ice load at such altitudes. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A halo, an optical phenomena from sunlight and ice crystals, rises above Goldberg group mountains, seen...
RAURIS, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A halo, an optical phenomena from sunlight and ice crystals, rises above Goldberg group mountains, seen from Sonnblick summit at 3,106 meters above sea level, in the Hohe Tauern mountain range near Rauris, Austria, November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
The Jamtalferner glacier is seen near Galtuer, Austria, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
The Jamtalferner glacier is seen near Galtuer, Austria, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2019
A group of ski tourers make their way across the snow-covered Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria,...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A group of ski tourers make their way across the snow-covered Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2019
The Pasterze Glacier, Austria's largest glacier, is seen below Johannisberg summit located in the Hohe...
HEILIGENBLUT, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
The Pasterze Glacier, Austria's largest glacier, is seen below Johannisberg summit located in the Hohe Tauern mountain range, in the Austrian province of Carinthia, August 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
People walk on Pasterze Glacier, Austria's largest glacier, located in the Hohe Tauern mountain range,...
HEILIGENBLUT, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
People walk on Pasterze Glacier, Austria's largest glacier, located in the Hohe Tauern mountain range, in the Austrian province of Carinthia, August 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
A landslide is seen in the Jamtal valley near Galtuer, Austria, July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner ...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
A landslide is seen in the Jamtal valley near Galtuer, Austria, July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Visitors from Scotland sit on the terrace of the Jamtal hut near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019....
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Visitors from Scotland sit on the terrace of the Jamtal hut near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Visitors sit on the terrace of the Jamtal hut near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Visitors sit on the terrace of the Jamtal hut near Galtuer, Austria, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
The Jamtal hut glows at night in a snow-covered valley near Galtuer, Austria, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
The Jamtal hut glows at night in a snow-covered valley near Galtuer, Austria, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 23, 2019
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks...
Galtuer, Austria
The Wider Image: Scientists race to read Austria's melting climate archive
Glaciologist Andrea Fischer from the Austrian Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, walks at the entrance of an ice cave of Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "AUSTRIA GLACIERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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