Two ice core samples, each approximately 100 meters long, were successfully extracted from Monte Rosa as part of the Ca' Foscari Mission, aimed at studying climate change.
The core drilling expedition was financed by the Ministry of University and Research and by the Ice Memory Foundation, with the coordination of the Institute of Polar Sciences of the Cnr. This initiative also involved the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the Cnr, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the Valle d'Aosta Region and the Municipality of Gressoney La Trinité.
This undertaking was made possible thanks to the logistical and operational support of the Montagna Sicura Foundation, the Bard Fort and the Guardia di Finanza mountain rescue stations of Alagna and Cervinia.
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The two ice "cores" extracted from the Colle del Lys glacier, on the Monte Rosa massif at an altitude of 4,155 metres, will be analyzed: one will be taken to the Ca' Foscari laboratories, the other core will be sent to “ice bank” of the Ice Memory Foundation in Antarctica, at the Italian-French Concordia base. This will allow future generations of scientists to study the climatic and environmental history of Monte Rosa, narrating ten thousand years of environmental history of the region, even when the glacier is extinct due to climate change.