Rhonegletscher

Situation 2012

Continued rapid recession of the glacier tongue has led to considerable growth of the glacial lake.

Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
Overview from the access path to the ice cave.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
The new glacial lake seen from the west.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
Tabular icebergs have calved from the glacier front.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
Panorama photo of the new glacial lake and icebergs.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
Crevasses behind the western part of the calving front.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
The ice above the artificial cave is covered by insulating material.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
New rolls of insulating material for additional protection of the ice cave.
Rhonegletscher, new glacier lake, glacier recession
New, ice-free ground along the west side of the glacier.
Photos Jürg Alean, 17. August 2012