Meltdown, The Alps Under Pressure, February, 2006 National Geographic Magazine

The rugged terrain of the Alps shaped its inhabitants way of life for years. Today local cultures remain unique in isolated valleys, but as development spreads, man's impact is felt. Now a playground with ski resorts and shops contrasts rural charm and natural landscape beauty.

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