Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 1157–1172, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 1157–1172, 2021
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03 Mar 2021
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The case of a southern European glacier which survived Roman and medieval warm periods but is disappearing under recent warming

Ana Moreno et al.

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Our study of the chronological sequence of Monte Perdido Glacier in the Central Pyrenees (Spain) reveals that, although the intense warming associated with the Roman period or Medieval Climate Anomaly produced important ice mass losses, it was insufficient to make this glacier disappear. By contrast, recent global warming has melted away almost 600 years of ice accumulated since the Little Ice Age, jeopardising the survival of this and other southern European glaciers over the next few decades.