Nicknamed ‘The Sphinx’, the hardest patch of ice in Britain has melted. This is the eighth time in 300 years that this event has happened in the remote Cairngorms Mountains of Scotland. In recent times, the Sphinx, known as Britain’s longest slab of ice, had shrunk to the size of an A4 sheet of paper, before eventually disappearing in milder temperatures.
Climate change is a major factor in this melting, according to snow cover expert Ian Cameron, who has studied Scottish icebergs for twenty-five years. “How ironic and foreboding that on the eve of COP26, our longest piece of ice has melted for the third time in five years”, He comments.
“Patches of small and low snow”
According to records, the Sphinx had completely melted in 1933, 1959, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2017 and 2018. Experts believe that this event may have happened once in the 1700s, before 1933. For Ian Cameron, the climate crisis seems to be due to warmer weather “logical explanation” Due to the increase in the melting episodes of this plate.
“What we are seeing through research are smaller and fewer patches of ice”, Experts tell. A report commissioned by the Cairngorms National Park Authority and released last year indicates that the mountain has seen a decline in snow cover since the winter of 1983–84. The researchers also noted a trend for increasingly warmer weather since the 1960s. He estimates that by 2080 there will be little or no snow on Cairngorms.
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