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April 15, 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 …


February 8, 2019

Cachalote Glacier, Chile Retreats From Lake and Separates

Cachalote Glacier in a 1984 Landsat image and 2019 Sentinel Image.  Red arrow is 1984 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location and the pink arrow a tributary to the glacier in 1984 that separates. Cachalote Glacier is on the western edge of the Southern Patagonia Icefield, Chile. The glacier is not fed by the main icefield, but is connected to glaciers that are.  The glaciers of the SPI have …


January 25, 2019

Tic Toc Glacier, Chile Rapid Losses with Time 1986-2019

Tic Toc Glacier (TT) and Oeste Glacier (O) in 1986 and 2018 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1986 terminus, yellow arrow is the 2018 terminus location, purple dots the snowline. Tic Toc Glacier at the headwaters of the Rio Tic Toc and the adjacent Rio Oeste headwater glacier Oeste Glacier are in the Parque Nacionale Corcovado of Palena Province of Chile.  Davies and Glasser (2012) noted that overall glaciers in …


December 28, 2018

Erasmo Glacier, Chile Terminus Collapse and Aquaculture

Erasmo Glacier retreat in Landsat image from 1987 and Sentinel image from 2018. Red arrow is 1987 terminus, orange arrow 2016 terminus and yellow arrow 2018 terminus. Points A-D mark areas of expanding bedrock exposure. Cerro Erasmo at 46 degrees South latitude is a short distance north of the Northern Patagonia Icefield and is host to a number of glaciers the largest of which flows northwest from the mountain. This …


December 26, 2018

Videla Glacier Retreat, Tierra del Fuego, Chile Generates New and Expanding Lakes

Videla Glacier, Chile in 1997 and 2018 Landsat images. Red dots mark the 1997 terminus locations, yellow dots the 2018 terminus position and purple dots the snowline.  Videla Glacier is a land terminating glacier in the northwest portion of the Cordillera Darwin Icefield (CDI). The glacier has terminates in several expanding proglacial lakes each in front of a different tongue of the glacier. The glacier flows northwest from Cerro Ambience …


December 4, 2018

San Quintin Glacier High Calving Rate Observations in 2018

San Quintin Glacier in 4-16-2017 Sentinel image, red dots indicate terminus location then. Yellow dots the terminus location  on 11-10-2018. San Quintin Glacier in 3-20-2018 Sentinel image, pink dots indicate terminus position.  San Quintin Glacier in 11-10-2018 Sentinel image. Yellow dots the terminus location  on 11-10-2018, pink dots from 3-30-2018 and red dots from 4-16-2017.  San Quintin is the largest glacier of the NPI at 790 km2 in .  The glacier …


November 27, 2018

Glacier O’Higgins Calving Front Changes 1986-2018

Glacier O’Higgins in 1986 and 2018 Landsat images. Red arrow and line is the 1986 terminus position, pink line the 2002 terminus, green line the 2013 terminus, yellow arrows the 2018 terminus location, purple dots the snowline. Point A, B and C are locations at the margin of the glacier. Glacier O’Higgins is a large outlet glacier of the Southern Patagonia Icefield (SPI) that terminates in Lago O’Higgins. Cassasa et …


April 13, 2018

Pico Alto Glacier, Chile Retreat New Lake Formed

Pico Alto Glacier, Chile in 1986 and 2017 Landsat images indicating the retreat.  Red arrow indciates 1986 terminus, yellow arrow the 2017 terminus,and purple dots the snowline.  Pico Alto Glacier, Chile drains north from the Argentina-Chile border entering the Rio Puelo and eventually Lago Tagua. The glacier ongoing retreat is similar to the nearby Hornopiren Glacier and Erasmo Glacier.  Davies and Glasser (2012) mapped the glaciers in the Hornopiren region and found …


March 6, 2018

Rio Engaño, Chile Headwater Glacier Retreat GLOF Threat Drops

Comparison of glaciers at the headwaters of Rio Engaño in 1984 and 2018 Landsat images. The 1984 terminus location with red arrows, yellow arrows the 2018 terminus location, purple arrows wind drift patterns. Rio Engaño drains into Lago General Carrera and its headwaters is a group of alpine glaciers.  In March of 1977 one of the glaciers, generated a glacier lake outburst flood (GLOF) that reached a depth of 1.5 m  at the …


February 19, 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 …