The worst predictions have come true. The Monte Perdido glacier, one of the largest in the Pyrenees, located at about 3,000 meters above sea level in the Ordesa National Park, has definitively split in two.
Furthermore, due to the latest heat waves, it has suffered an average loss of ice thickness of 3.8 meters, with maximum loss points of up to 8.1 meters.
This is clear from the results of the research carried out by a team from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology and the universities of Zaragoza and the Basque Country, with funding from the Government of Aragon.
The data, released this Sunday by the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, reflect that This year’s losses of mass in the aforementioned glacier are as shocking as those in 2022, becoming “the two years of greatest losses since measurements began in 2011.”
To carry out these works, advanced technologies such as terrestrial laser scanning and drone photogrammetry were used.