Lake Albigna, a glacial lake in retreat

Lake Albigna, near Vicosoprano, Switzerland, 2,163m (7,096 ft) above sea level. Dammed for hydropower in the 1950s, a gondola was built to transport equipment and workers to the base of the glacier fields. Today, the gondola transports hikers and rock climbers to see the spectacular indescribable color of the glacial lake, to climb the granite walls, and to hike through alpine meadows. The glaciers are disappearing rapidly; the lake is not far behind.