Full Story: Is the Mighty Matterhorn Mountain Crumbling? - Yahoo! NewsTo 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).