Expert surprised by 'dying' glacier's collapse

HISTORY: "If you had asked me about a risky glacier up until yesterday, I certainly would not have named the Marmolada," said Baccolo.
"It was really a sudden surprise to see that this glacier, so badly affected by climate change, has responded in such an unpredictable and profound way," he told Reuters, noting that glaciers like the Marmolada are considered "quiescent" and likely to simply retreat will .
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Much of Italy has suffered in an early summer heatwave, and scientists said climate change is making it harder to predict previously stable glaciers.
Temperatures on the normally freezing Marmolada hit 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday (July 2), Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia said over the weekend.
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A huge mass of ice collapsed near Punta Rocca, on the route normally used by hikers and climbers to reach the summit, the Alpine Rescue Unit said.
Rescue teams resumed searching for 13 missing climbers on Tuesday (July 5).

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