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    A face-lift for the Monchsberg mountain, Salzburg, Austria - Visnews filmed recently cleaners carrying out this annual chore.

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    A face-lift for the Monchsberg mountain, Salzburg, Austria - Visnews filmed recently cleaners carrying out this annual chore. Dangling from ropes, sex intrepid men and swing back and fort chipping at the loose stones and rocks.

    The origin of this 'cleaning' operation dates back to 1614 when a large chunk of rock fell from the Monchsberg into a street in Salzburg, far below. Eight people were killed.

    Nothing was done about this until some enterprising townsman worked out why rocks periodically tumbled down the mountainside, adding to the mortality rate of the town. The winter frost cracked the mountain surface and when the thaw came the fragment fell away. Armed with this scientific knowledge he recruited men to clear the mountain of these dangerous rocks.

    The work usually takes six weeks, sometimes longer if the cleaners continue colliding with ???each other in mid-air.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ABEOI7AKFNNUL582VEVBUEHA
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ABEOI7AKFNNUL582VEVBUEHA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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