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Boomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:09 PM
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Freak weather fells peaks in Italian Dolomites
Freak weather fells peaks in Italian Dolomites

ROME, July 15 (Reuters) - Freak weather has caused the collapse of some of the most famous peaks in the Italian Dolomites in what some scientists said on Thursday was linked to global warming.

In little more than a month at least four massive rock formations have fallen away from the northern Italian mountain range, dramatically altering its landscape of jagged, rose-coloured peaks and the routes tens of thousands of climbers use to trek them.

"It's lucky the rock collapses didn't happened in August when it's summer peak season. People could have been hurt," said a spokeswoman at the tourist office in Val Gardena, a village near the Austrian border.

Scientists say erosion was the primary cause behind the surprise rock falls that have destroyed landmarks around ski resort town Cortina, including one of the Five Towers rock formation and the summit of the "Il Piccolo Cir" mountain.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L15513196.htm
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:06 PM
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1. that freak honky weather better watch out.
You can knock dolomite down, but you can't take it out. Because dolomite's the tough black mineral that doesn't cop out when there's global warming all about.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:45 PM
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2. HAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHHAHHAH!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn, Dr. Weird, I just about hurt myself laughing at this shit - thanks, you made my afternoon!
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