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23 June 2020

Upsala Glacier, Argentina Limited Snowcover Cloak as 2020 Melt Season Ended

Upsala Glacier transient snowline (TSL) in Landsat images from April 8 and April 17, 2020. TSL is indicated by purple dots, Point A and B are the same nunataks in each image. On April 8 the TSL almost reaches the divide with Viedma Glacier (V).  Glaciers exist and survive when the majority of the glacier is always snow covered even at the end of the summer melt season. For a …


9 March 2020

Acodado Glacier, Chile Retreat Yields Tripling in Lake Area 1987-2020

Acodado Glacier retreat and lake expansion observed in 1987 and 2020 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1987 terminus locations, orange arrows the 2015 terminus and yellow arrows the 2020 terminus location.   Loriaux and Casassa (2013) examined the expansion of lakes of the Northern Patagonia Ice Cap (NPI). From 1945 to 2011 lake area expanded 65%, 66 km2. Rio Acodado has two large glacier termini at its headwater, HPN2 and …


15 November 2017

HPS-12, Chile Spectacular 13 km retreat 1985-2017

HPS-12 Glacier in 1985 and 2017 Landsat images.  The red arrow indicates 1985 terminus, yellow arrows the 2017 terminus, purple dots the snowline and 1-4 are tributaries.  By 2017 all tributaries have detached and the glacier has retreated 13 km.  HPS-12 is an unnamed glacier draining the west side of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap (SPI).  The glacier terminates in a fjord and is adjacent to Upsala Glacier to the …


10 October 2011

Onelli Glacier retreat separation, Argentina

The Onelli Glacier drains eastward from the South Patagonia Icefield into Lago Onelli (LO), which then connects to Lago Argentino (LA). Lago Onelli has three main glaciers termininating in the lake Aggassiz (A), Onelli(O)and Bolados Glacier (B). The glacier is noted as 13 km long with an area of 84 square kilometers by the Labratorio de Glaciologia in Chile . Warren and Sugden (1993) note an 1800 meter retreat from …


10 June 2011

Tyndall Glacier, Chile Retreat Continues

Tyndall Glacier is a large outlet glacier of the Southern Patagonia Icefield (SPI). This glacier has an area of over 300 square kilometers. The main glacier terminus ends in Lago Geikie, which began to form around 1940, and the east terminus previously terminated in Lago Tyndall. Raymond et al (2005) report that the glacier had receded 5 km from 1945 to 2001. The retreat is illustrated in a figure from …