Scientists Put BLANKETS over Endangered Glaciers to Prevent from Melting

Scientists Put BLANKETS over Endangered Glaciers to Prevent from Melting

Scientists Put BLANKETS over Endangered Glaciers to Prevent from Melting
Photo: Daily Mail UK

A team of scientists in China wrapped a section of endangered glaciers using blankets. It aims to slow melting as temperature rises due to climate change.

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The Daily Mail explains that this method prevents masses of ice from melting too quickly. It blocks solar radiation and heat exchange on the glacier’s surface, per conclusion of the scientists’ five-month experiment.

Scientists then invented geotextile blankets, a type of environmental-friendly fabric, over a 500-square-meter of Dagu, a fast-melting glacier area in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province.

This method is also being used in Switzerland for already more than a decade to protect its glaciers. The Swiss glaciers have been melting quickly for over 150 years, needing a massive tarpaulin to stop its retreat.

The team from Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources carried out the project beginning August last year. They classified Dagu Glacier as a temperate glacier, which means that it is at the melting point and both contains liquid water and glacier ice.

Scientists Put BLANKETS over Endangered Glaciers to Prevent from Melting
Photo: Daily Mail UK

After putting the ice under blankets, the melting stopped. Meanwhile, the scientists called the public to pay more attention to the future of small glaciers.

A 2014 study shows that about 70% of glaciers were lost between 1991 and 2010 due to massive human activities.