The alpine glaciers of the Iberian Peninsula will most likely be gone by 2050, LiveScience reports. In the past 15 years, the 21 glaciers that dot the Pyrenees have receded — with the largest glaciers losing between 50 to 60 percent of their surface area and the smallest all but disappearing.
“High mountains are particularly sensitive areas to climate and environmental changes, and how glaciers evolve there in response to climate change is one of the most effective indicators of current global warming,” glaciologist Juan José González Trueba told LiveScience.
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