Location: Bernese Alps, 657.000 / 163.000; length (1973): 6.55 km; orientation: NE; surface area (1973): 17.7 km2
On November 19th 1946 an American Airforce plane, a Douglas C-53 Dakota, made a forced landing on Gauligletscher above Meiringen. All passengers and crew survived and were rescued.
Recently calved icebergs in the rapidly growing glacial lake (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
Several icebergs show elevated strand lines (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
Panorama photo taken from the lake's southern shore (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
Overview from the north (access from Gaulihütte, Swiss Alpine Club; Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
Gauligletscher and its proglacial lakes from the E; Grienbärgligletscher top left (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
Proglacial lakes, tabular icebergs and terminus of Gauligletscher from the E; note formation of a delta in the new lake at bottom left (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
The glacier tongue seen from the south. At the top margin is Mattenalpsee, an artificially dammed lake (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
This view from the north emphasizes structures in the dead ice and a kettlehole, filled with greenish meltwater, in the foreground (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
Close-up of a delta and some tabular icebergs in the proglacial lake (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
Icefall of Gauligletscher; Grienbärgligletscher in the left background (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
Medial moraine and icefall of Gauligletscher (12. August 2004, M. Hambrey).
Accumulation area of Gauligletscher (12. August 2004, M. Hambrey).
The Dakota with 12 survivors and the first rescue team (Swiss airforce).
The Dakota between large, open crevasses and dropped rescue material (Swiss airforce).
Fieseler Storch in the background, the plane used for rescue (Swiss airforce).
The Dakota being dismantled in May 1947. The plane has formed a glacier table (Swiss airforce).