Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Mer de Glace. Free Conferences

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer, from 18 June to 15 September 2009 at Montenvers - Mer de Glace (Chamonix), Luc Moreau, a renowned glacioligist, invites you to join his talks on the history and evolution of glaciers and climate change.
The lectures will be in 2 parts :
  • On the platform where the train arrives: a lecture on the landscape and a general discussion of glaciers with a focus on the Mer de Glace (about 15 minutes).

  • A guided walk along the trail leading down to Belvédère (towards the Ice Cave), with several stops to discuss the glacier’s different historic stages (twice a day at 11am and 2:30pm, about 45 minutes).

Luc Moreau, a glaciologist and a doctor of Alpine geography has been studying and measuring the movement of Alpine glaciers for twenty years. He teaches glaciology, notably at the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme (National School of Skiing and Mountaineering) in Chamonix. Dr. Moreau take you thorough the various stages of the evolution of the Mer de Glace glacier so you can put your finger on the problem of climate change and see visual evidence of its effects on our environment.
The Mer de Glace is located at the bottom of the Leschaux and Géant glaciers. It is the biggest glacier in France with 40 km2 of surface area over a length of 7 km. Given this name by the English, who were the first to admire it, because of the ripples covering its surface.
Attendance is open to all and free of charge. No advance booking required.