Matterhorn is cracking due to climate change in the Alps, experts warn

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ONE of the world’s best-known mountains is cracking due to climate change, say scientists.

The 14,700ft Matterhorn is becoming more dangerous to climb as parts of the surface break off and cause landslides.

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It is caused by receding ice and melting permafrost on the Alpine peak, say researchers at Zurich’s ETH university.

Expert Jan Beutel said: “When the high mountains thaw in summer, stiffness decreases and the ground sediments get soggy and wobbly. Cracks expand and move.

“At some point it’s too much and a small scale of the surface breaks off.”

Peaks guide Rob Collister says rock falls all over the Alps are “worse and worse” and he no longer takes clients there.


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