Glaciologists at the National Center for Scientific Research in France (CNRS) (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) have discovered trapped pockets of water beneath the Tête Rousse glacier on Mont Blanc.
The experts warn that the 65,000 cubic meters of water that has collected inside the glacier could burst, potentially destroying the 900 homes and other structures in the region.
In a similar event in 1892, 200 people lost their lives. The region’s current 3,000 residents have been alerted, and drilling operations to drain the water are planned to begin by August 15.
Dr. Christian Vincent of CNRS stated that the pockets were ultimately the result of global warming, which had melted the glacier’s protective snow cover.
This in turn has caused the exposed surface to transmit winter cold more readily to where the water collected in regions below, with the normal channels becoming frozen and no longer able to drain.
Many thanks, Dr. Vincent and associates at the French National Center for Scientific Research, for revealing this imminent danger as we also appreciate the efforts to address it.
Our prayers for swift public awareness that brings widely sustainable actions to eliminate such global warming hazards as these.
In a May 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared deeper insight on how we can better avoid such threatening environmental dangers through our own conscious actions.