The Swiss Glaciers Decreasing.
Professor Forel, Professor Lugon, and Herr Muret have just completed a report upon the movement of the glaciers in Switzerland during
last year. Seventy-three glaciers in all were
observed; in ten cases there had been an ad- vance, and in sixty-three cases a retreat. The tendency of glaciers to diminish is thus rendered evident. The glaciers which had increased in 1898 remained stationary in 1899. The only Swiss glacier which manifests a steady and cer- tain increase is the Glacier de Boveyre, in Can- ton Valais. The two Grindelwald glaciers, which until recently were decidedly stable, have begun to decline. The lower Aar glacier, which re- mained stationary until 1893, has now retreated 75ft. On the Eiger glacier, for the first time since it was measured, a diminution was observ- ed; it has retreated 230ft.