Sunday, June 20, 2010

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (UNESCO WHS)

My last posting for today is a Swiss UNESCO site. I wanted to end the day with a card full of snow as I feel like the temperature in out study room is increasing 1 degrees every hour and I'll have to leave this room soon. It is so hot in Ankara and I believe it is really cold in those places on the card. Many thanks to zasa (February 2010 RR) for helping me with my UNESCO collection.

Here is UNESCO info for the Swiss Alps: "The extension of the natural World Heritage property of Jungfrau - Aletsch - Bietschhorn (first inscribed in 2001), expands the site to the east and west, bringing its surface area up to 82,400 ha., up from 53,900. The site provides an outstanding example of the formation of the High Alps, including the most glaciated part of the mountain range and the largest glacier in Eurasia. It features a wide diversity of ecosystems, including successional stages due particularly to the retreat of glaciers resulting from climate change. The site is of outstanding universal value both for its beauty and for the wealth of information it contains about the formation of mountains and glaciers, as well as ongoing climate change. It is also invaluable in terms of the ecological and biological processes it illustrates, notably through plan succession. Its impressive landscape has played an important role in European art, literature, mountaineering and alpine tourism."

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