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April 22, 2014

Portillon Glacier, French Pyrenees- Retreating and Disappearing

Portillon Glacier is in the Luchon-Bagneres region of the French Pyrenees, just north of the border with Spain. This currently small, and becoming smaller glacier drains into Lac du Portillon, which has a dam impounding it for hydroelectric generation. Like the nearby Aneto Glacier, Portillon Glacier has been thinning, retreating and separating. First a comparison of photographs from 1900 and 2013. In 1900 the glacier fills most of the cirque …


January 3, 2013

Glacier de la Girose Retreat, France

Glacier de la Grirose (Girose) is one of the most traveled glaciers in the Alps. It is part of the Les 2 Alpes ski resort, used primarily for summer skiing. The warm summer of 2015 has led to skiing issues at Les2Alpes. The main glacier serviced by a lift is Glacier Mantel just to the west of Girose. In 2017 Les2Alpes they are upgrading snowmaking on the glacier,  utilizing six snow cannons …


July 26, 2011

Sommelier Glacier, France Disappearing

Index list of over 100 glaciers examined to date The Sommelier Glacier is close up against the France-Italy border. The glacier is on the north side of Punta Sommelier centered on 3000 meters. The glacier has retreated 1800 meters from its Little Ice Age Maximum and is currently 600 meters long. The most notable aspect of the glacier today is its thin nature and the fact that there are three …