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Scientists use a high resolution GPS to locate the coordinates of a sampling site

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20160105_0012

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2016

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29.63 x 19.75 cm / 300 dpi

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Scientists use a high resolution GPS to locate the coordinates of a sampling site in the Mont-Blanc massif in France, in September 2016. The aim of taking samples from surfaces polished by glaciers in the Mont-Blanc massif was to determine how their positions had changed since the end of the last great glaciation, approximately 10,000 years ago. The purpose was to ascertain whether these glaciers had ever been smaller than they are at present, when they are in sharp decline due to global warming. The mission was part of the Mont-Blanc VIP project monitoring the speed of processes controlling morphological and environmental changes in the Mont-Blanc massif.

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From the same photo report: Glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif

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