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August 5 2013

Alpine glaciers 'protect mountain peaks from erosion'


Instead of wearing mountains down, evidence from Europe's high Alps shows that glaciers shield summits from erosion, acting as a protective lid.

French scientists studied erosion on Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest peak, below and around its glaciers.

Ice at the highest points froze to the mountain rock and played little part in erosion, the team said.

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