The Alps have many more glaciers than the continental US right? Why is that? Is that elevation, latitude or other factors?
This is a very fascinating book The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850 by Brian Fagan, available on Amz for $2.
Somehow we think it is a tragedy and unprecedented that the Alps glaciers have receded from their mid 1800's reach. But their length has ebbed and flowed over the ages. During the Little Ice Age many of them grew and wiped out towns that had been established for centuries. In the 1600's Chamonix lost on third of lands because of the avalanches and advancing glaciers. It was reported the De Bois glacier advanced a musket shot each day, even in August. That town was also just about wiped out.
All of Fagans books are good. The recent one chronicling the 400ft rise of sea level since the last real ice ago is dry but good. And if you want to know more about El Nino and how influential they are to Earth's climate read his El Nino history book.
The chapter on the growth of the glaciers in the Alps from 1600 to 1800 should be very interesting reading to anyone wanting to learn about climate change and esp interesting to those of us who enjoy sliding on the product.
If you want to know what the future may hold, first look at the past.