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    Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    To understand how climate change is helping destabilize one of the world's most famous mountains, Dr. Stephan Gruber of theUniversity of Zurich offers a culinary visualization.
    Imagine a piece of bread - or perhaps even better, a thick cut of raw steak - in an oven. Put a stick of frozen butter on top of it. And then turn the oven on.
    Two things happen:
    The outside of the steak begins to cook relatively quickly. The inside stays raw for longer.
    At the same time, the butter begins to melt - and seep into the steak.
    Now, imagine that the steak is the mighty Matterhorn mountain, one of the most picturesque in Europe (and, yes, some of you may know it better as Disneyland's original rollercoaster).
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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Interesting...
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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    I like the reference to Disneyland. But this truly is not a good thing.
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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    So erosion and daily extreme temperature ranges... ok.

    I liked the one comment about the fact that Disneyland's Matterhorn was under construction too.

    Now, where can I get a good steak at Disneyland, preferably without an entire stick of butter on it?

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Disneyland lucked out on this one!

    All those tourists from Europe who normally go to WDW are all going to go to DL now in order to see what the Matterhorn used to look like.

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Well, I would be pretty concerned if mountains weren't crumbling. It's been happening ever since the creation of Earth. The climate is ever changing so is the landscape. It's natural part of nature.
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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Must be a slow news day. THIS JUST IN: Nature is being natural and stuff!

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    Must be a slow news day. THIS JUST IN: Nature is being natural and stuff!
    lol

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneytwins View Post
    Well, I would be pretty concerned if mountains weren't crumbling. It's been happening ever since the creation of Earth. The climate is ever changing so is the landscape. It's natural part of nature.
    I think the point of the article was that it is worse than normal and not natural.
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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    I am still waiting for plate tectonics to move into action I am getting closer to LA by like a 16 of a inch every year Then I can finally live near Disneyland!

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneytwins View Post
    Well, I would be pretty concerned if mountains weren't crumbling. It's been happening ever since the creation of Earth. The climate is ever changing so is the landscape. It's natural part of nature.
    Wait until an asteroid hits. That'll shake more than a few mountains.

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin View Post
    I think the point of the article was that it is worse than normal and not natural.
    According to who? Were scientists around 80,000 years ago? Do they know how fast mountain ranges defrosted? Do they really know for sure what went down during the end of the last ice age? Nope. They have some data samples but nowhere near enough information to say that this is occurring at a pace never before seen on planet earth! Just my thoughts on the subject...

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bronco21 View Post
    According to who? Were scientists around 80,000 years ago? Do they know how fast mountain ranges defrosted? Do they really know for sure what went down during the end of the last ice age? Nope. They have some data samples but nowhere near enough information to say that this is occurring at a pace never before seen on planet earth! Just my thoughts on the subject...
    THere actually are whole fields of study about these very subjects, like palaeontology, palaeoclimatology and so on. And according to them, we are in an interglacial period, the 10,000 year period of relative warmth between glacial periods. What is happening right now, with the globe's rapid heating up, is unnatural. It is supposed to be getting gradually colder (which is actually what scientists were saying back in the Sixties before they noticed that the climate is going the opposite of what it should be).


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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Gross View Post
    THere actually are whole fields of study about these very subjects, like palaeontology, palaeoclimatology and so on. And according to them, we are in an interglacial period, the 10,000 year period of relative warmth between glacial periods. What is happening right now, with the globe's rapid heating up, is unnatural. It is supposed to be getting gradually colder (which is actually what scientists were saying back in the Sixties before they noticed that the climate is going the opposite of what it should be).

    From what I understand, they are saying that we are just on the other side of the last ice age, and the warming is normal. :confused:

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    Re: Is Europe's mighty Matterhorn mountain crumbling?

    It's funny how there's all this fuss about global warming in the media...do they not know that earth is running out of fresh water at a much higher rate than its losing ozone layer? :P interesting article, thank you for sharing, but the news has to do better than that to worry me haha

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