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May 7, 2021

Upsala Glacier Separation from Bertacchi Glacier, Argentina

Upsala Glacier (U) in Landsat images from 1999, 2016 and 2021 illustrating both retreat and the separation from Bertacchi Glacier (B). Cono Glacier (C) is the next tributary to the north. Upsala Glacier is a major outlet glacier of the Southern Patagonia Icefield. The glacier terminates in Lago Argentina and retreated substantially, 7.2 km from 1986-2014 (NASA, 2014). The retreat accelerated after 2008 (Sakakibara et al 2013). From 2014-2019 the …


March 30, 2020

San Lorenzo Sur Glacier, Argentina Retreat 1986-2020

San Lorenzo Sur Glacier in Landsat images from 1986 and 2020.  Yellow arrow is the 2020 terminus location, red arrow the 1986 terminus location, purple dots indicate the snowline. Point A indicates a location at 1400 m where debris cover has expanded. San Lorenzo Sur Glacier is the main eastern outlet glacier of the Monte San Lorenzo range on the Chile-Argentina border. This Argentina glacier flows east from the border …


November 15, 2018

Cerro Tronador Glacier, Argentina Retreat and Lake Formation

Cerro Tronador glaciers in Landsat images from 1985, 1998 and 2018.  A=Alerce, CO=Castana Overo, VN=Ventisquero Negro.  Red arrows mark the 1985 glacier terminus locations, yellow arrows the 2018 terminus location of VN, pink arrow the location of the 2009 dam breach outwash plain deposit, and purple arrow location of a bedrock outcrop.  Cerro Tronador with a summit elevation of 3428 m straddles the Chile/Argentina border east of Lago Todos los …


April 20, 2018

Lago Cholila, Argentina Headwaters Glacier Retreat Lake Formation

Changes in four glacier at the headwaters of Rio Tigre, Argentina in 1987 and 2017 Landsat images.  The red arrow indicate the 1987 terminus position and the yellow arrow the 2017 terminus position.  Glaciers form the headwaters for Lago Cholila which drains into  Futaleufu River in west central Argentina .  Davies and Glasser (2012) mapped the glaciers in the Hornopiren region just to the northwest and Parque Nacionale Corcovado just to the …


November 6, 2014

Glaciar Del Humo Retreat, Argentina

Glaciar del Humo is in the Mendoza Province of Argentina. It drains into Lago Atuel and is one of the headwaters of Rio Atuel. Rio Atuel has hydropower development above and within the Rio Atuel Canon. The Nihuil dam and reservoir above the canyon and four more dams within the canyon, including Valle Grande Reservoir. Le Quesne et al (2009) examined the retreat of glaciers in the Central Andes and …


November 3, 2013

Marconi Glacier Retreat, Patagonia, Argentina

Marconi Glacier, Argentina is one of the more common routes onto the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap (SPI) via Marconi Pass. The glacier is not fed by the ice cap itself, unlike the Glaciar Chico just to the north. The glacier drains into Electrico Lake and Rio Electrico. The good news is despite the name Rio Electrico will not be developed, since it is in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina. Here …


October 10, 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 …