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January 22, 2012

Northwest Vega Island, Antarctica Glacier Retreat

Vega Island is a heavily glaciated island just east of the northernmost section of the Antarctic Peninsula (map from Davies et al, 2010 Aberystwyth University). The mass balance of Bahia Del Diablo Glacier (BDD green arrow) located on this island has been monitored by an Argentina research group since 1999/2000 (Skvarca et al 2004 and WGMS, 2010). Nine of these ten years have seen negative mass balances, four substantial losses. …