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Aletsch Glacier: Like a Vanilla Icecream

Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, covers more than 120 square kilometres in southern Switzerland. It descends round the south of the Jungfrau into the valley of the Upper Rhône; at its eastern extremity lies a glacier lake, Lake Märjelen. To the west rises Aletschhorn. The Rhône River flows along the southern flank of the mountains.

The mountain that covers looks like a vanilla icecream. The glacier covering the mountains with white snow and ice. The Aletsch Glacier was famous because on August 18th, 2007, photographer Spencer Tunick used hundreds of naked people in a "living sculpture" on the Aletsch Glacier in a photo shoot intended to draw attention to global warming and the shrinking of the world's glaciers. The temperature was about 10 °C at the time of the photo shoot. The 600 participants on the shrinking glacier volunteered for Tunick, a collaboration with Greenpeace to let the world know about the effects of global warming on the melting Swiss glaciers. The Aletsch Glacier receded by 100m between 2005 and 2006.

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