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A Patch of Snow, Which Is Considered the Longest-Lasting in the UK, Is Melting

longest living snow patch

In Scotland's National Park, named Cairngorms, the Sphinx has melted, which is considered a British record-breaking mini glacier. It persisted for centuries from winter to winter and has completely melted only eight times in the last 300 years.

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In recent weeks, the Sphinx, named after a nearby mountain trail, has shrunk to the size of a standard sheet of paper. Experts believe that this is happening due to global climate change.

Cairngorms national park in Scotland

The Sphinx is located on the third highest mountain in Scotland, Brierich, at an altitude of 1296 meters. Due to the special microclimate of the basin, which formed during the last ice age, the snow accumulating there often persists even during the summer months.

According to the archival records, the Sphinx completely melted in 1933, 1959, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2017, and 2018. However, now everything can change because in recent years it began to disappear more and more often.

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