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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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January 22, 2018

Dickson Glacier, Argentina/Chile Retreat, Separation &Lake Opening

Dickson Glacier (D) retreat illustrated by 1985 and 2017 Landsat images. Red arrows the 1985 terminus position, yellow arrows the 2017 terminus position, C=Cubo Glacier, A=Island, pink arrow indicates where islands form, purple dots indicate snowline and LD=Lago Dickson. Dickson Glacier is located in Southern Patagonian Icefield (SPI) in Torres del Paine National Park straddling the Argentina and Chile border.  The glacier in 1985 had both an eastern and southern terminus, the …

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January 12, 2018

Glaciar Olvidado, Chile Retreat Lake Expansion 1985-2017

Glaciar Olvidado (O) retreat illustrated in 1985 and 2017 Landsat images.  Red arrow is 1985 terminus location, yellow arrow is 2017 terminus location and purple dots are the snowline.  This illustrates an 1800 m retreat.  Glaciar Olvidado (G) is a glacier in the southeast portion of the Southern Patagonia Icefield (SPI), adjacent to Grey Glacier (G).  The glacier terminates in a proglacial lake. Rivera and Casassa (2004) report the glacier terminating …

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December 21, 2017

Queulat Norte Glacier, Chile Retreat Creates Two Lakes

 Queulat Norte Glacier in 1987, 2000 and 2016 Landsat images indicating retreat from 1987 (red arrow) to 2016 (yellow arrow). Green arrow indicates former tributary, orange arrow area of  new bedrock exposure and pink arrow expanding medial moraine. Two new lakes have formed due to the 1950 m retreat.  Nevado Queulat, Chile is the centerpiece of the Queulat National Park in the Aysen Region.  The largest glacier draining the substantial ice …

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November 15, 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 …

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September 7, 2017

Ventisquero Grande Glacier, Chile Retreats; Not so Grande in 2017

Ventisquero Grande Glacier comparison in Landsat images from 1997 and 2017.  Red arrows mark the 1997 terminus, yellow arrows the 2017 terminus, purple dots the snowline and purple arrow the junction of the tributaries.  Ventisquero Grande Glacier is at the head of Ventisquero Seno in the Cordillera Darwin of Tierra del Fuego.  The fjord is just west of Garibladi Fjord and opens into Darwin Channel.  Melkonian et al (2013) note widespread thinning of four large …

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