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The world's melting glaciers are yielding up their secrets too quickly

By Rick Noack

01 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

As climate change melts glaciers at unprecedented speeds, ancient artifacts are emerging from the shrinking layers of ice around the world. But the Washington Post warns, it's happening too fast.

FORCLE GLACIER, Switzerland - At around 8,000 feet above sea level, Switzerland's Forcle Glacier has for thousands of years been deeply ensconced in a frigid mountain valley overlooked by some of Europe's highest peaks.

To early human hunters who climbed these heights, it must have seemed as if its snow-covered body of ice would forever keep the valley locked in its frozen grip. Whatever was lost on these rocks - iron spears, leather shoes or rudimentary straps - was swallowed by the ice, never to reappear.

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