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Nesio Sanders
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Aletsch 2014

South of Konkordiaplatz, the glacier runs towards the valley of the Oberwallis (Upper Valais); on the east side, near Bettmeralp, lies a small glacier lake, Märjelensee (2,301 m (7,549 feet)); from the western side used to enter the Mittelaletschgletscher, but since the end of the 20th century the connection with the Aletsch Glacier has been lost. Further down, until about 1880, the Oberaletschgletscher did also enter the Aletsch Glacier at its mouth. But since then both glaciers have been retreating so far that they do not connect anymore (the Upper Aletsch Glacier did retreat about 1.3 km (0.81 mi) from its connecting point with the Aletsch Glacier), but both serve now only as the source of the river Massa. The river flows through the Lake Gibidum (a reservoir, and coincidentally representing the glacier's mouth region in the 19th century, which is a retreat of more than 4 km (2.5 mi)) and a gorge of the same name before reaching the Rhône near Brig.

Aletsch 2014

By the end of the second day, the most exhausting and most dangerous part of their job has been accomplished. In the very early morning of the third day, a Saturday, the men leave the Alpine hut and take the long hike with the entire flock towards Belalp. The path takes them through an almost completely vertical footpath down a deep ravine of the Oberaletsch-Glacier. The long hike takes around eight hours and needs quite a few breaks; not only for the shepherds themselves, but also for the sheep. Just before reaching Belalp, the parade of sheep and shepherds takes a switchback vertical path upwards which is built with dry stone walls directly into the mountain, called the Steiglen.

Swiss Federal Roads Department (FEDRO) 2014-2022: Casermetta Gallery (A9 Motorway), detection of rock slope instabilities/monitoring/ground-based radar interferometry/LiDAR/Photogrammetry

Swiss Federal Roads Department (FEDRO) 2014-2016: Seitenbrunnen Gallery (A9 Motorway), detection of rock slope instabilities/monitoring/ground-based radar interferometry/LiDAR/Photogrammetry

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LINDT ñ Switzerlandís champion tennis player Roger Federer and US champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn played an exhibition tennis match on the Aletsch Glacier below the Sphinx Summit to celebrate the opening of the LINDT Swiss Chocolate Heaven, a shop at 3,454 metres above sea level on Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, on Tuesday, July 16, 2014. The themed chocolate shop, which offers a wide range of the finest LINDT chocolate and the adjacent Master Chocolatiers parlor gives visitors a insight into how chocolate is made, was opened by Roger Federer and is collaboration between Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprngli and Jungfrau Railway Holding AG. (Alexandra Wey for LINDT via AP Images) ORG XMIT: CPA702

I visited this WHS in September 2014. The 4000+ metre mountains were immediately visible from as far as Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken. I drove to Grindelwald where I had my hotel and ample parking opportunities. Grindelwald is just beneath the Eiger mountain (3970m) but the peaks of Wetterhorn (3701m) and Schreckhorn (4078m) are also clearly visible from town. There are several uphill trails to take in the scenery but if you're just a beginner taking the trains up and choosing a trail down could be a pleasant and less tiring option. The lavish greenery dotted with brown cows changes to rocky landscape, ice glaciers and snow capped mountain peaks as you arrive at Kleine Scheidegg (2061m). After checking the weather forecast several times and being lucky enough to visit on a sunny weekend, I opted to go for the Jungfraubahn Top of Europe experience which cost me 177 swiss francs for a return ticket, making it the most expensive WHS I have ever visited. Since I was staying in Grindelwald, I only had to change one train which was fine. The first train from Grindelwald left around 07:15 meaning that I got to Jungfraujoch before 09:00 (around 1hr 45mins including panoramic view stops). At Kleine Scheidegg, I changed trains to the actual Jungfraubahn after gazing at the Eigergletscher. The fact that I moved around and spent most of the train stops outside helped me avoid altitude sickness. The Jungfraubahn stops twice for panoramic view stops before reaching Jungfraujoch. First stop is at Eigerwand (2865m) and the second stop is at Eismeer (3160m). Along the way a short video clip is displayed on the several screens giving a brief overview on the history, construction, biodiversity of this amazing part of the Swiss Alps. Jungfraujoch (3454m) is the highest railway station in Europe and it is quite popular with tourists all year round. Luckily, although I visited on a weekend, there weren't very many people. Perhaps because I arrived there early as most groups tend to arrive around lunch time to eat at the Jungfraujoch Restaurant. Before the groups arrived, I explored the touristy Ice Palace (nothing extraordinary there) and took the elevator up to the research station and Sphinx observatory (3571m), which is one of the highest observatories in the world. Next I walked to the open plateau where I stood in awe at the incredible panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and the 23km long Aletsch glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. After I took a never ending number of photos, I bought some Swiss chocolate and headed towards the Snow Fun area. Here there is a short zipline, a couple of lanes for snowtubing, snowboarding and skiing and a glacier bar. This is what most tourists get out of the Top of Europe experience which is a worthwhile experience especially if you haven't seen glaciers or been close to high mountain peaks before. The price is the only drawback really. Similarly to Hallstatt and Salzburg, Asian tourists come here all year round, so much so that there are UNESCO information boards of Mt. Huangshan next to the ones of Jungfrau. Having enough time at my disposal, I decided to make this visit a lifetime experience and I hiked up Monch (4107m), the second highest mountain situated just next to Jungfrau (4158m). I will never forget the views from the top! What an unforgettable experience. Overall, this is my favourite WHS in Switzerland and I wouldn't mind visiting again to do the glacier walk.

Mxakato-Diseko said a report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development on Oct. 7, which said climate finance totalled $62 billion in 2014 had no legal status. She said poor nations had not been consulted.

The third-largest canton in Switzerland, Valais is a bilingual region of superlatives and lies entirely in the Alps. It is not only home to the great Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in our country, and it is also home to the most famous and most photographed mountain globally, the Matterhorn. The imposing Grande Dixence dam is also a sight to behold, and it is the highest gravity dam in the world. And last but not least, the abbey of Saint-Maurice is also located in the Valais. It celebrated its 1500th anniversary in 2014 - as the oldest monastery in the West to exist without interruption.

Cross-track components of Landsat co-registrations. Path/row 39/36, Kelso area, Mojave, California (a); Middle panel (b): Landsat 7 band 8 data of day 337 and 353 of 2002; right panel (c) Landsat 8 band 8 data day 359 of 2013 and day 10 of 2014. Arrow indicates flight direction. 041b061a72


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