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Without glaciers no water


Pontresin spring water preserves Pontresin glacier water

The Morteratsch glacier in our mountain village shows the effects of global warming. We have pictures from our childhood in our minds of how the glacier tongue reached far into the valley. But in the last 170 years, the Morteratsch Glacier has receded three kilometres. Each year it loses an average of 44 metres in length.

A layer of snow that lasts all summer could reflect the incident sunlight and protect the glacier from the sun's heat.

This is the plan of MortAlive, a project that the Engadine glaciologist is pushing forward with great commitment. His research has been able to calculate that, under current conditions, even glacier growth (increase in length) would be possible in 10 years if 10% of the glacier area were covered with snow all year round.

The Morteratsch Glacier is also close to our hearts, which prompted us to support this idea. Because the development of the Morteratsch Glacier shows us, so to speak, in front of the hotel door that water is not a matter of course even in the moated castle of Switzerland. Of the sales price of CHF 4 per carafe of Pontresin spring water, CHF 1 will be used to advance this engineering glacier care project.