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April 15 2013

Austria's glaciers shrank in 2012, study says


Nearly all of Austria's glaciers shrank significantly last year, with one glacier receding a record 97.3 metres (319.2 feet), the Austrian Alpine Association (OeAV) said Friday.

Out of the 95 glaciers measured, 93 retreated an average 17.4 metres (57 feet) in 2012 while just two were unchanged, the body said in its annual report.

One of the masses of ice, the Pasterze glacier that counts as Austria's longest, showed the biggest recorded loss—97.3 metres—since records began in 1879.

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