This image was taken by Tim Peake on board of the International Space Station. In the lower part, you can see Lake Geneva with the snow-covered Swiss-French Alps in the background. The highest peaks of the Alps are located in this area including the highest of them all – Mont Blanc. You can spot it right of the centre. It was first summited in 1786 and attracts around 20.000 climbers every year. With temperatures rising, the vulnerable alpine ecosystem is changing; alpine plants will be replaced by lowland plants forcing them into extinction. Increased rain and glacier melt also contribute to more natural disasters such as landslides, avalanches and rock falls.
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