Perhaps the world’s oldest ice is at risk in Britain, The sensational natural phenomenon, photographed by researcher Ian Cameron in Scotland in a remote point of a mountain range in the north of the country, is in danger of disappearing permanently due to climate change. Researchers, after conducting extensive investigations, believe that it must have melted only eight times in the last 300 years. Hence its nickname, The Sphinx.
Due to special environmental conditions, the “snow patch” discovered and drawn by Cameroon does not melt even in the summer months of the year.
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place of sphinx
The Sphinx is located in a very remote area, the slopes of Breiach, the third highest mountain in Great Britain which is part of the Cairngorms mountain range. According to what was reported in some analyses, ice had melted safely on only seven separate occasions in the past: in 1933, 1959, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2017 and 2018. In addition, another, moreover, would be before the 1930s, perhaps during the 18th century.
He defines himself as an amateur scientist, but he’s actually a keen connoisseur and researcher in the natural sciences, says Ian Cameron, the man who photographed the “snow patch” last October 20. Cameron has spent the past 25 years studying snow in the hills and mountains of Scotland.
Exceptionally close call for the Sphynx. Visited it just before noon today, and found it small. Less than 1 meter long, but significantly only a few centimeters thick. Mine and another expert observer are of the view that it melted today, probably around 4 p.m.
— Ian Cameron (@theiaincameron) October 20, 2021
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the disappearance of the sphinx
There is deep concern over the possible disappearance of the Sphinx for the third time in five years. to cameroon “there is no doubt that Global warming is helping to accelerate the melting of this perennial ice,,
A report released last year on this snowpack and climate change on the Cairngorm Mountains found a dramatic increase in temperature and a significant reduction in snow across the region compared to the previous 100 years. The report was commissioned by the Cairngorms National Park Authority.,
For Mike Rivington, scientist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen ,Once we cross 2040 at this rate, it will not be possible to go back and climate change will be irreversible,, ,By 2080, there may be some winters where there will be no more perennial snowfall“, continued, ,Snowflakes are solid indicators of climate change – he concluded – precisely because they are sensitive to even small changes in temperature. What is happening in these mountains can act as a wake-up call to other parts of the country and the world.
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