Glaciers of the Alps

Vadrec del Forno

Length 1973: 6.15km; length 2011: 5.4km; orientation: North; surface area 1973: 8.72 square kilometres. Since 2000 annual recession was between 21 and 44 metres.

Vadrec del Forno
Evening view of Vadrec del Forno. The steep ascent to the Forno hut is over the rocks (equipped with ladders) on the extreme upper left corner.
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Vadrec del Forno from Forno hut in moonlight (night view). Note iridescent colours in the altocumulus clouds on the lower left of the moon.
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Intensive folding of the foliation on Vadrec del Forno; telephoto view from Forno hut (before sunrise).
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Middle moraine and longitudinal foliation on Vadrec del Forno. On the upper left is Cima di Rosso (3366m).
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Torrone Centrale (3290m) and its famous rock needle; note oblique granite slab in the foreground.
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Large slab of granite melting out of the ice and leaning more and more towards the right.
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Ladybird on a small piece of granite on the tongue of Vadrec del Forno.
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Massive glacier table on the tongue of Vadrec del Forno.
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Air bubbles in a cryoconite hole which froze over during the previous night.
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Even bigger air bubbles...
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Ice crystals in a cryoconite hole.
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Heart-shaped air bubble in a cryoconite hole.
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Foliation controls a meltwater stream on Vadrec del Forno.
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Panorama of the tongue of Vadrec del Forno and its forefield (wide photo!).
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In the afternoon discharge from Vadrec del Forno increases considerably.
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Michael Hambrey (left) and Jürg Alean on a glacier table of Vadrec del Forno.
Photos 13. and 14. August 2011, Jürg Alean