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January 6, 2013

Glacier Blanc on Ecrins Retreat, France

Glacier Blanc retreat from 1985 to 2016 in 2016 Landsat image. Glacier Blanc is on the east side of Barre Des Ecrins the southernmost of the 4000 m peaks in the Alps. It is the largest glacier on the peak. The glacier began a sustained retreat after 1870, that ceased in 1895-1900 , 1915-1920, 1935-1940 and 1980-1990 (Cossart et al, 2006). The glacier had a mass loss of 11 m …