Taschachferner

Taschachferner

Taschachferner is a glacier at the southern end of Pitztal in the Ötztaler Alpen, Austria. Until late in the 20th century it consited of two flow units, one NW, the other NE of Petersenspitze (3482m). As a result of glacial recession the two parts are no longer in contact. Therefore there now is an eastern and a western Taschachferner. After 2003 a new glacial lake has formed between the two glaciers.

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Aerial photo of the eastern tongue of Taschachferner and new glacial lake in the forefield of western Taschachferner (lower right; AB).
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Eastern (left) and western Taschachferner with reddish-brown medial moraine (lower right). Wildspitze (3774m) in the background (AB).
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Tongue of the eastern (upper right) and western (lower right) Taschachferner. Note how the reddish-brown medial moraine extends into the glacier forefield (AB).
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Glacial lake which formed after 2003 in front of the tongue of the western Taschachferner as seen from Hinterer Brunnenkogel (3438m; JA).
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Enlarged section from previous photo (upper centre): note prominent double fold within the glacier ice and intensive faulting (JA).
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Aerial photo of the central part and the accumulation area of the eastern Taschachferner; Wildspitze in the background (AB).
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Overview of the central part of the eastern Taschachferner; from Hinterer Brunnenkogel; western Taschachferner on the far right (JA).
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Accumulation area and icefall of the eastern Taschachferner as seen from Hinterer Brunnenkogel; Wildspitze (3774m) on the left, Hinterer Brochkogel (3628m) on the right (JA).
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Zoom on the icefall of eastern Taschachferner (see also previous and next image; JA).
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Very strong zoom on the lower section of the icefall: ogive-like structures and two small meltwater ponds (JA).
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Climbers on Taschachferner on their way to Wildspitze. Note firn stratification in crevasse on the lower right (JA).
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Summit of Wildspitze (with cross); note well developped bergschrund in the lower part of the photo (JA).
Luftbilder 9. September 2008, Jakob Abermann, Universität Innsbruck (AB); terrestrische Aufnahmen 29. Juli 2009, Jürg Alean (JA).