Sounds of an entire glacier melting recorded for the first time

9-kilometer fiber optic cable capturing sounds of melting ice across an entire glacier could improve how researchers measure ice loss


December 14, 2022

Panoramic view of the Rhône glacier

The Rhone glacier in Switzerland was monitored by an optical fiber

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A fiber optic cable recorded the sounds of a melting glacier in the Swiss Alps along its entire length. This is the first time that researchers have been able to capture such sounds across an entire glacier.

“The fact that you can just unroll a fiber on the surface of a glacier and drop it in the snow and then use it as a sensor is revolutionary,” says Brad Lipovsky at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Lipovsky and his colleagues…

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