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11 November 2021

Melt Severs Northern Patagonia Icefield Glacier Connections

Loss of glacier connection between HPN1 and HPN2 in Landsat images from 2000 and 202o at Point A and B. Glacier tongue retreat at Point A from HPN1 and at Point C from HPN2. Formation of 1.4 km2 lake at HPN1. HPN1, HPN2 and HPN3 drain adjacent sections of the the Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI).  HPN2 and HPN3 comprise the Acodado Glacier, with HPN1 being the next glacier to the …


18 December 2020

Is San Quintin Glacier Lake the fastest expanding lake this century in South America?

Landsat images of San Quintin Glacier from 2001 and 2020 indicate the expansion of both Lake A and Lake B due to glacier retreat. The Lake A basin as defined by the transect at the eastern narrow point, yellow line, has a total area of 41 km2 with the lake surface area now comprising 35.1 km2. San Quintin is the largest glacier of the Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI) at 790 …


15 April 2019

Northern Patagonia Icefield High Equilibrium Line Altitude in 2019

Northern Patagonia Icefield Landsat view on 4/6/2019. Transient snowline indicated on individual glaciers with purple dots. Clockwise, L=Leones, So=Soler, N=Nef, Ca=Cachet, Co=Colonia,  PN=Pared Nord, PS=Pared Sur, H4=HPN4, St=Steffen, A=Acodado, B=Benito, H1=HPN1, Sq=San Quintin. The Northern Patagonia Icefield from 1987-2015 decreased in area, while debris cover area expanded and the size of proglacial lakes expanded (Glasser et al 2016).  The icefield area declined from 4113 to 3887 km2, debris cover increased …


19 February 2018

Pared Nord Glacier, Chile Retreat & Landslide Transport 1987-2018

Pared Nord Glacier, Chile in 1987 and 2018 Landsat images.  The red arrow indicates the 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2018 terminus location and purple arrows areas of expanding rock in the lower accumulation zone.  Point A is the front of a wide debris zone from a former landslide, Point B is the front of another landslide deposited debris zone. Point C is a recent landslide deposit on a …


10 May 2016

Glacier Nef, Patagonia, Chile retreat 1987-2016.

Comparison of 1987 and 2015 Landsat images of Nef Glacier at right and Cachet Glacier at left.  Indicating retreat of Nef Glacier from red arrows to yellow arrows of 1.8 km and development of a new lake at the terminus. Purple arrows indicate upglacier thinning leading to separation of glacier tributaries.  Glacier retreat and thinning is particularly strong in the Patagonian icefields of South America. The two largest temperate ice bodies of …


15 February 2016

San Quintin Glacier, Chile terminus disintegration 1987-2015

Landsat comparison of San Quintin Glacier in 1987 and 2015: red arrow indicates 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow indicates 2015 terminus location of the three main termini, and the purple arrow indicates upglacier thinning. San Quintin is the largest glacier of the NPI at 790 km2 in 2001 (Rivera et al, 2007).  The glacier extends 50 km from the ice divide in the center of the ice cap.  The peak …