Glaciers of the Alps

Gepatschferner

With a surface area of 17 km2 and a length of 10 km Gepatschferner is the second biggest glacier in Austria (Pasterze being th ebiggest).

Gepatschferner
Tongue of Gepatschferner from WNW (AB).
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Aerial photo of the middle and upper parts of Gepatschferner from N (AB).
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Accumulation area from E; lower middle: Brandenburger Haus (AB).
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Langtauferer Ferner (bottom right) and Gepatschferner (upper left; AB).
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Massive meltwater discharge from the glacier portal on a hot summer day (JA).
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Gepatschferner's meltwater stream flows through a geologically very complex area (JA).
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Discharge through a freshly eroded meltwater channel. Note angular rocks (JA).
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Roches moutonnées in the forefield of Gepatschferner (JA).
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Roche moutonnées in front of Gepatschferner; the flow direction of the ice was from left to right (JA).
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Intensively folded geiss with prominent boudinage of quartz veins near Gepatschferner (JA).
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Variegated rocks in the forefield of Gepatschferner; looking downvalley towards Kaunertal (JA).
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Folded and weathered rocks coloured reddish-brown due to the presence of iron and manganese minerals (JA).
Aerial photos 9th September 2008, Jakob Abermann, University of Innsbruck (AB); terrestrial photos 30th Juli 2009, Jürg Alean (JA).