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August 26, 2014

Hollentalferner Retreat, Bavarian Alps Germany

Hollentalferner (Glacier) is on the east flank of Zugspitze the highest mountain in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. The upper portion of the glacier is avalanche fed which flows through a minor icefall to the main terminus tongue that displays prominent annual layers.Hagg et al (2012) in a detailed examination of Bavarian Alp glaciers report on changes in the area of this glacier from 1950 to 2010. They note that …


August 22, 2014

Blaueis Gletscher Retreat, Bavaria Germany

The Blaueis Gletscher is the furthest north glacier in the Alps.  It occupies a narrow deep valley oriented north, between the summits of Blaueisspitze and Hochkalter. Hagg et al (2012) in an examination of Bavarian glaciers over the last 120 years note the changes in area of Blaueis Gletscher.  The glacier increased in area from 16 to 20 hectares during the 1889 to 1924.  Retreat from 1924 to 1970 led …