Rhonegletscher

New glacial lakes

I the summer of 2007 a new glacial lake began to form at the front of receding Rhonegletscher. Another, older, lake increased in area. Both lakes most probably will grow further and merge in the near future.

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New glacial lake from the east.
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The lake's outflow, the source of the Rhône river.
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View from Rhonegletscher towards the riegel which is damming the new lake.
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Longitudinal crevasses in the glacier tongue near the new lake.
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Remarkable roches moutonnées on the lake's southern shore.
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Older (back left) and new lake (right) from the SW; fisheye lens.
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View from the riegel towards the glacier front; fisheye lens.
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Note glacial striae in the foreground; fisheye lens.
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Debris-covered ice on the glacier terminus' western margin develops cone shapes reflecting internal deformation and irregular ablation of the ice.
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The same ice cones as in the previous image, seen from a different perspective.
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The older lake on the tongue's western margin. The new lake is also partially visible on the far right. The small Muttgletscher is in the right background.
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Sunset over the new glacial lake.
Photos Jürg Alean, 27. and 28. August 2007