Earlier this month, Swiss officials found the remains of a German mountain climber missing for almost 37 years after a portion of the Theodul glacier melted, local police said Thursday.
The identity of the explorer was confirmed by a DNA test on human remains. He went missing in 1986 at 38 years old.
This is not the first time melting ice has helped solve a cold case. Insider reported that last summer the thawing of ice at the Chessjen Glacier in Switzerland revealed the remains two individuals who had died after a 1968 crash.
Back in 2015, Swiss officials found the remains of two Japanese climbers who went missing in 1970 after a portion of the Matterhorn glacier melted, CNN reported at the time.
Experts say melting glaciers could lead to extreme and rapid sea-level rise as the planet continues to warm.
Even if the world reduces carbon emissions to meet current climate goals, glaciers worldwide could lose half their mass by the end of the century, a major study published in January in the peer-reviewed journal Science found.
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