As a follow up to yesterday’s blog on “Greenland Glaciers On The Move“, I felt it would be nice to showcase my first photoblog, or “phlog” of some famous glaciers from around the world in small collages that I’ve created for you.
I also have a wonderful video for you, entitled: “Indonesia’s Last Glacier” which I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Of the five glaciers featured, I definitely had to include two countries, Indonesia and Argentina, because I was so surprised to find out that glaciers exist in these countries. I have included a brief description with each collage.
Los Glaciares National Park is located in Argentina – south west of Santa Cruz on the border with Chile. Its name refers to the glaciers that are born on the Ice Caps - the largest continental ice extension after Anctartica- which occupies almost half its area. Also known as Patagonic Continental Ice, creates 47 big glaciers, 13 of which flow to the Atlantic. There are also more than 200 smaller glaciers, unconnected to the Ice Caps.
The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps, covering more than 120 square kilometres (46 sq mi) in the eastern Bernese Alps of Switzerland. It is composed of three smaller glaciers converging at Concordia, where its thickness is estimated to be near 1 km (3,300 ft). The glacier then continues towards the Rhone valley before giving birth to the Massa River.
Indonesia has glaciers as well, as surprising as it may seem. The ice fields of Puncak Jaya in Papua, Indonesia are also shrinking like other glaciers worldwide. Indonesia’s Puncak Jaya, earth’s highest island peak and the tallest mountain between the Andes and the Himalayas, holds the last glaciers in the tropical Pacific. Ancient ice from such high, frozen peaks lets scientists examine past climates and understand mechanism of possible future climate changes. I found an impressive video for you – “Indonesia’s Last Glaciers”:
The Hailuogou Glacier
Hailuogou is a national forest park, located in Luding County, Sichuan Provincein China. It’s glaciers cover 31 square kilometres of the Conch Gully. Classified as Modern Glacier, they came into being 16 million years ago. The Grand Glacier Cascade - 1,000 meters in height and 1,000 meters in width – is the only one in the world. The Hailuogou Glacier is noted to be the lowest glacier in the world.
Kilimanjaro, in northern Tanzania, is unique. You will climb through all climatalogical zones during the ascent – tropical rain forest through moss and desert to the snow on the summit – the ice fields that top Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. The combined area of glaciers in these three regions is about 10 square kilometers.
If you are visiting for the first time, I hope you enjoyed my ‘phlog’ and I’d like you to know that we’d love to hear from you. Thank you!