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April 25, 2015

Calbuco Volcano Glaciers, Chile

Calbuco Volcano in Chile erupted this week.  It has been noted that significant pyroclastic flows/lahars have been observed travelling down the Rio Blanco fed in part by glacier melt.  Here we examine the glaciers on Calbuco.  We start with a 2012 Google Earth image that provides the clearest view.  There are three primary glaciers, the main summit ice cap , a glacier below the western rim, that is not significantly …