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Stunning pictures show inside otherworldly ice caves appearing in the Austrian Alps

Stunning pictures show inside otherworldly ice caves appearing in the Austrian Alps

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Glaciers will melt at a fast rate and eventually vanish completely if climate change is not halted, scientists have warned.

It comes after glaciologists ventured inside otherworldly ice caves growing beneath Austria‘s doomed glaciers to study why they are dissipating even quicker than expected.

Scientists say the caves are a sign that it is now too late to save the glaciers of the eastern Alps, and they will be completely gone within the next few decades.

Glaciologist Andrea Fischer, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, stands at the entrance of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected
Glaciologists Andrea Fischer and Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, inspect the ceiling of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Scientists inspect the ceiling of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier
Glaciologists Andrea Fischer and Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, explore a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Warmer air is rushing through the ice mass until it collapses

The blue caverns beneath them hold clues to how the ice collapsed much faster than expected, and could help communities that depend on glaciers in other parts of the world to better manage their decline.

Glaciologist Andrea Fischer brought a photographer into the caverns beneath the Jamtalferner glacier in the Tyrolean Alps, which towers above the Austrian border with Switzerland.

Glaciologist Andrea Fischer, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, enters a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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The Jamtalferner is among the 30 largest glaciers in Austria
Glaciologist Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, explores a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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The process of eroding ice is not visible from the surface
Glaciologists Andrea Fischer and Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, inspect a crack in the ceiling of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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A crack in the ceiling of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier is examined

“We can’t do anything anymore for eastern Alpine glaciers. But here we can see what happens if we do nothing for the other glaciers,” she said.

The Jamtalferner is among the 30 largest glaciers in Austria, as well as one of 10 where scientists take precise measurements every year and document the now irreversible decline.

Glaciologist Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, explores a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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The hollows are eroding the glaciers from within
Glaciologists Andrea Fischer and Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, inspect the entrance of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerating the melting process faster than expected as warmer air rushes through the ice mass until it collapses. Picture taken October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Scientists examine the entrance of a natural glacier cavity

The hollows are eroding the glaciers from within, as warmer air and meltwater come into contact with ever more of the ice, until it collapses.

Ms Fischer, who is the acting director of the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, added: “These holes are a typical sign of collapse that we observe. It is also a reason it happens so quickly – the ice is completely eroded, and this process is not visible from the surface, then suddenly it all implodes.”

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