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12 May 2016

Vallelunga and Barbadorso Glacier Retreat, South Tyrol Italy

Vallelunga (above) and Barbadorso di Dentro Glacier (below) retreat from 2003 (orange line) to 2015 yellow dots.  Blue arrows indicate flow path and pink arrow the junction of main two tributaries of Vallelunga Glacier. Vallelunga Glacier and Barbadorso di Dentro Glacier are at the headwaters of the Vallelunga watershed which feeds the Reschensee.  Reschensee is a reservoir famous for the church tower that emerges above its surface.  This artificial lake …

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3 September 2012

Sabbione Glacier Retreat, Italy

Italy’s mountains have been experiencing a warm summer, rivaling their warmest summer in the last couple of centuries, 2003. The impact on the glaciers will be considerable melting. Here we look at the retreat of the Sabbione Glacier. The glacier drains into Lago Sabbione an artificial lake that in turn drains into Lago Morasco, which is a 29MW hydropower facility. The lake also has good fishing. This glacier in 1988 …

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3 October 2010

Dosde Glacier, Italy retreat and separation

Dosdè Glacier in the Dosdè-Piazzi Group of the Italian Alps has been the focus of research by the University of Milan Department of Geography in the last decade to both chronicle its retreat, examine the causes, and evaluate the impacts and potential mitigation steps. In 1954 there was a Dosdè Est, Dosdè Centrale and Dosdè Ovest glaciers with respective areas of 1.2 and 0.8 and 0.9 square kilometers. By 2003 …

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