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October 17, 2013

Glacier du Mont Miné Retreat, Swizterland

Glacier du Mont Miné is an 8 km long alpine glacier that drains into the Rhone River. The runoff from this glacier is heavily tapped for hydropower, for example Compagnie Nationale du Rhône has 19 hydropower plants on the river. The Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network measures the terminus position of this glacier each year, graph below. The glacier experienced a period of minor advance from 1971-1989, followed by a retreat …