Passengers join the train at Pontresina in the Val Bernina before climbing to the Bernina Pass and Morteratsch
station at 6220ft.
and Haeberli, W.: 2010, Initial stages of weathering and soil formation in the Morteratsch
proglacial area (Upper Engadine, Switzerland), Geoderma., 155, 359-371.
Altitude tours provide enchanting views of the Bernina massif and the surrounding wild glacial landscapes of Pers and Morteratsch
. At 2,978 metres above sea-level, Diavolezza, in winter, also boasts Switzerland's longest glacial descent on skis.
Bernd Dachwald and his team watched their IceMole robot autonomously drill through a small section of Morteratsch
Glacier in Switzerland during the summer of 2010.
Eventually, we reached our magical destination high up in Morteratsch
,South East of Pontresina.
Under the watchful eye of the Pole star, we slowly climb towards the Bernina pass, passing Morteratsch
(1,896 metres) and Bernina Diavolezza (2,093 metres) before finally reaching the highest point of the entire train network of the Rhaetian Railway near the Ospizio Bernina station at Lago Bianco (2,253 metres).
Such signs of glacial 'full retreat' also strike tourists as ominous when they pass through the Bernina range, since they look like local cries for "Help!" The RhB takes an active role in informing tourists on board about cultural attractions like the Morteratsch
glacier, but, to Atzmuller's knowledge, such announcements offer no comment on glacial melting.