The World's Greatest Article Directory Website
» Home » Travel And Places
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Why Mont Blanc Can And Must Become A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Why Mont Blanc Can And Must Become A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted in: Travel And Places
Mon, Jun 8, 20, 01:54, 1 Month ago
star star star star star
0 out of 5 with 0 ratings
comments: 0 - hits: 210
Mont Blanc is the third most visited natural wonder in the world, and the only one of the world's great massifs on its 7 continents which doesn't have UNESCO status. Maybe it's time for a rethink?

Mont Blanc sits on the cross roads of Europe and it’s exceptional value and symbolism is in evidence to all. It’s rare qualities, its situation at the heart of Europe, and its position as Europe’s highest mountain give Mont Blanc a universal recognition. But, although Mont Blanc is the third most visited natural wonder on the world (behind the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls) it is the only one of the grand massifs of the seven continents which doesn’t benefit from UNESCO status. But why and what are these criteria?

The UNESCO convention for world heritage adopted in 1972 allowed for the designation of sites with an exceptional universal value: such as the pyramids in Egypt, the Galapagos Islands or Kilamanjaro. There are now 730 sites of which 144 are natural and 23 mixed (natural and cultural) in 125 different countries. 57 of these sites are mountains, or mountain ranges but Mont Blanc doesn’t feature.

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe with an altitude of 4807m. With new technologies the altitude of Mont Blanc can be accurately measured and its oscillations measured (between 4807m and 4811m). This constant fluctuation is due to the level of snow which accumulates on the rock summit (which is estimated to be 4780m) which is in turn dependant on precipitation and temperature. It is foreseeable that with global warming there will be an augmentation in precipitation and this will favour an elevation of Mont Blanc. The rise of the massif continues today at a rate of 1.5mm a year but is in competition with the forces of erosion.

Due to the fascination with which Mont Blanc captures the spirit and the imagination the massif has played a leading role in the birth and evolution of geology. Literature, natural history and the history of science converge when one talks about the rock structures of the massif. This interest in Mont Blanc started with Saussare in the 1700s who studied Mont Blanc as the key to understanding the formation of the Alps and all mountain chains. So the massif du Mont Blanc was and continues to be an object of scientific interest of the premier order, which has permitted the advancement of our knowledge of the Alps. A heritage which must be developed and conserved for the future.

The Mont Blanc Massif is also an important entity for flora and fauna. It is surrounded by deep valleys, has a very marked altitude range from 800-4807m and a large number of different and varied valleys. One can find all the animals symbolic of the Alps - royal eagles, marmottes, choucas, chamois - all of whom have developed and adapted very specifically to the alpine life and harsh winters. The region is also a botanical garden with a number of rare and protected plants with a richness in variety due  as much from the variation in altitude as the various orientations of the massif, the chemical composition of the rock and the ancestral ways of man in the lower regions. The importance of several habitats: pine forests, rocks, meadows and moraines assure a good representation of species.

The glaciers of Mont Blanc cover a surface area of 170 square kilometres and  is characterised by a great diversity of glacial forms - a nearly complete collection. The enormous accumulation zones at altitude form several currents of ice from the famous Mer de Glace (with over 5 million visitors per year the most visited glacier in the world) the second largest glacial complex in Europe after Aletsch, to hanging glaciers such as Le Tour or the long cascades of ice like Les Bossons - which starts practically at the top of Mont Blanc and culminates in the depths of the valley below (3400m of declivity, the largest in Europe). The aesthetic value and pedagogic quality of this range of glaciers merits them to be made a sanctuary for the benefit of all. 

Mont Blanc’s 17000 hectares of snow and ice also make it a huge reserve and of water and humidity and a great barrier to global warming. Its deep glaciers and their steep angle enable them to be more resistant to global warming than others. The subtle interactions of orientation, slope, altitude, latitude, the amount of solar energy  reflected and the rate of precipitation are the origin of a number of very different microclimates from one valley to another. This unique richness make Mont Blanc the ideal laboratory to study climate change. Indeed, one can see in just the last 50 years an elevation of 300m in the alpine ecosystems.

Mont Blanc represents both nature and culture and stands at the heart of an overpopulated Europe as a last great wilderness. With its full representation of habitats, its offers opportunities to study the adaptation of life at altitude - in different seasons and microclimates - to study the development of the Alps, and to learn the history of the Alps. One of the unique characteristics of the Mont Blanc massif is that while it represents a mountain wilderness it is very accessible. This is part of what gives it its charm and equally its vulnerability. And this is why it needs and merit’s the protection and recognition of UNESCO.

“Do we really need to save this type of condor? Not really…Apart from the fact that by saving the condor we will be able to save ourselves.”

Start Your Travel Agent Business with Travelbroker.se

State Travel Management (STM) Multi-Level Marketing

✈ Compare Travel Sites - Get up to 70% Discount 

✔ Become an Independent Travel Agent - Independent Travelbroker

☂ Join us on this Journey at Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Wealth Club!

Comments

There are no comments for this article.
Only authorized users can leave comments. Please sign in first, or register a free account.
Share
Sponsor
Spring and Summer 2020 250x250
About Author
Roger K. Olsson
Member since Jun 6, 2020
Location: SaleResorts.com
Following
User not following anyone yet.
You might also like
Yukon's Gold
The province Yukon is located north of British Columbia and it boarders Alaska to the west and to the east is the North West territories. Yukon was the 11th province to join the country of Canada. Yukon is probably best known for the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s. It is said that there is still gold in the rivers up there.
Your Own Private Paradise
You've battled packed parking lots and frazzled parents desperately seeking an Xbox 360, not to mention your overly inquisitive relatives, now it's time to follow the psychiatrist's... er, doctor's, orders and book a relaxing all-about-you vacation. 
Your Own Adventure - On The Trail Of The Da Vinci Code
Make your next holiday be as wild as your imagination
Your next vacation start from your pc
When you land on an internet page, immediately focus on what has to offer and more in particular if this provide what you are searching.
Your Holiday In Tuscany
A region on the West coast of Italy, Tuscany is a fantastic destination for a truly unique vacation. Lying on the Tyrrhenian Sea Tuscany benefits from great beaches on one side and yet is also surrounded my magnificent countryside on the other.
Yacht charter in Greece
The name of Greece's capital derives from the name of the Goddess of wisdom and intelligence, Athena
Yacht Charter : 6 Top Tips For A Safe And Pleasurable Vacation
So you have decided you want to go on the perfect vacation you have always dreamt of – chartering a yacht.
Wynn Las Vegas Review
Situated at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the 217-acre Wynn Las Vegas Resort is a 50-story gleaming testament to the opulence and glamour that is Las Vegas
Votre voyage sur mesure au Cap Vert avec un spécialiste
L’agence de voyages Terre Autentik se place en véritable spécialiste du Cap Vert et vous propose des séjours et des circuits sur mesure pour découvrir toutes les richesses et la beauté des îles du CapVert.
Worlds Most Popular Scuba Diving - Similan, Thailand
Similan, Thailand - Mu Koh Similan National Park has been rated first by the U. S. publication Scuba Diving of the top ten dive sites in the world.
World Wide Travel Insurance
World wide travel insurance provides you with comprehensive and customised insurance package for any kind of emergency situation no matter what your age may be.
Wolverhampton City Guide, Including Wolverhampton Hotels
Wolverhampton is a wonderful city steeped in history and tradition. With so many places to go and entertainment to enjoy you will never be without something to do.
With Cheap Airfare, Travel is Limited Only by Your Imagination
In his book, "The World is Flat," Thomas Friedman argues that the beginning of the twenty-first century can be characterized by one word: globalization.
Visiting Tirupati - The Worldly and Spiritual Hill in Kerala
Pressed to make the earth's most visited holy cities, one power judge of Mecca or Jerusalem. Leadership maybe. But the label Tirupati would scarcely cast off the glossa of numerous fill, at least not umpteen surface Bharat.
Visit to Labadee in Haiti
The first port for our Royal Caribbean cruise of the western Caribbean was Labadee, Hispaniola which is actually a part of Haiti.  This specific port is leased out to Royal Caribbean so only their cruiseships come here.  Labadee is actually a peninsula with a few beaches.  Getting to land from the cruiseship is by tender.
Visit Rome - a historical city
Rome lies on the western coast of Italy and is rich in history. A visit to Rome offers adventure, excitement and a history lesson. The link below will provide you will all the information you will need for a visit to Rome.
Wisconsin Dells Is A Fun Family Vacation Destination
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin is a fun destination for a family vacation, and with a little research and advance planning the trip doesn’t have to make your wallet cry out in pain. 
Virginia Travel For Kids
It is particularly annoying to get younger kids to cooperate during travel. But it is not their fault, because at their age they are naturally more inquisitive and more active.
Wine travel
Wine has been an integral part of many civilizations since a long time. Wine formed an important part of the culture in many countries ever since the origin of mankind.
Villas Turkey
Why Turkey? That's often the initial response from someone when they hear that you are going to Turkey on Holiday.
Villa rentals in Greece is now a great advantage for the tourists
Villa rentals in Greece embody white houses overlooking the sea, along with enticing beaches, exquisite sunsets that seem to emerge in the Aegean Sea, delicious food and of course a rich historical background and all these are the incentive for the surge of people that are determined to rent a villa in Greece, rather than in any European country.
Why You’ll Return To A Boutique Hotel
Any good hotel will attract return customers, but boutique hotels often have a higher return rate than others
Why It's Best to Book Caribbean Cruises - or Any Dream Cruise - Online
Why you should utilize the services of an online agency that specializes in cruises
Why Is The Atlantic Ocean So Desirable?
Well it might be wise to start this column off by stating that it comes with a bias. I love the Atlantic Ocean and I would not move away from it in a million years. My bias comes from the first 22 years of my life living on the beaches of Santa Barbara over on the west coast.
Why I Travel Alone (Sometimes)
Some people shy away from traveling alone, a few embrace it. This article looks at the decided advantages of going it alone
Why I Love Miami Beach Florida
Among the many attractive reasons for visiting Miami Beach, Florida, are, of course, the excuse now known as the must-attend Spring Break, or the roller-blading beach beauties, or the ideal weather conditions
Why Boutique Design Matters
What is boutique hotel design, and why does it matter?
Why a Hawaiian Vacation is the Perfect Honeymoon
So you are ready to say ?I do? but you aren?t sure where you want to spend your honeymoon? There?s no need to worry because you can find a wonderful honeymoon in the most exotic of all romantic places. Plan to see beautiful Hawaii. Vacation where the best is yet to be seen every day you are in the tropical Islands! 
Why a Disney Vacation is a Perfect Fit with Your Travel Plans
If it's been years since you've been to the Magic Kingdom, a Disney vacation could be just what you need.
Top