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Les Drus, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France

The steady disintigration of these famous peaks due to permafrost melt

 

 

Les Drus - famous Alpine Mountain peaks near the Mont Blanc

Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France

Sculptural Watercolour® in a box frame 70 x 50 x 7 cm

 

Les Drus is the usual name for a pyramidal mountain officially named the Aiguille (needle) du Dru that is quite close to the famous Mont Blanc and attached to another very high peak called the Aiguille Vert. Les Drus has two peaks that are close together; one is 21m higher than the other.

In visiting Chamonix's famous Mer de Glace via Montenvert, Les Drus is a most notable feature on the top of the opposite side of the valley. It is also from where the continual rockfalls that have been recorded over the past 100 years have left huge scars. The most visible was in 2005 when an entire pillar, named after the intrepid 1955 solo-climber Walter Bonatti, collapsed.

Many routes through the Alps are having to be modified due to near-constant rock falls. These are being caused by Global Warming. The permafrost: the 'glue' holding rocks together - is on average melting, leading to slopes becoming de-stabilized. An individual rock can of course seriously injure a climber or a hiker, but some falls have been huge. For instance, in 20215, a spectacular 10,000 cubic metres of rock fell near the Aiguille du Tacul.

Global Warming is making the Alps ever-more dangerous.

Prue Bishop tells us that she recalls Les Drus before the collapse of the Banatti Pillar and that during a recent visit to the Mer du Glass she had been impressed by the size of the part of the mountain that had fallen into the Mer du Glace valley, leaving an obvious scar. The light part her Sculptural Watercolour is where the Pillar once stood. She also depicts the many colours and structures of the rocks. She hope that this painting will help remind everyone to be very careful to understand rock falls, when climbing of trekking though the Alps.

 

 

In the video below, Prue Bishop tells us about this Sculptural Watercolour®

 

The video below is part of Global Warming II accessed from the top of the Home Page.

However, to view what Prue Bishop has to say about this Sculptural Watercolour® - click on the little triangular icon. For full screen, click on the little square icon

 

 

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