Climate warming is causing the world's oldest subsurface glacier to melt

One of Romania’s most amazing natural wonders is the Scărișoara ice cave, which is located in the Bihor Mountains. It’s a glacier made up of 7500 cubic meters of ice, making it the second-largest European underground glacier, after the Eisriesenwelt ice cave in Austria.

The Scărișoara glacier is one of Romania’s oldest underground glaciers, having formed at least 10,500 years ago during the Ice Age. It was discovered by researchers Aurel Perșoiu and Constantin Corbea in 1972.

Researcher Aurel Perșoiu, from the Emil Racoviță Institute of Speleology in Cluj-Napoca, spoke to Euronews Romania about the current state of the Scărișoara glacier and what can be expected in the years ahead: “It has been melting at an accelerated rate in recent years.”

Asked about the catastrophe that just happened in Northern Italy, where several tourists died after part of the Marmolada glacier in the Dolomites broke off and caused an avalanche, Perșoiu said that this type of event is going to happen increasingly often in the coming years.

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