Glaciers of the Pyrenees

Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif

Glaciar de Ossue is the second largest in the Pyrenees, and the largest of the French Pyrenees. These photos document the rapid recession of this small mountain glacier.

Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Glaciar de Ossue as seen from the summit of Monte Perdido (3355m) on 18/08/2008. Strong image processing was applied to reduce the effect of haze in this long distance view. Note variegated rocks around the accumulation area of the glacier.
Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Glaciar de Ossue from the summit of Campbieil (3173m) on 17/08/2007. On the upper right is Pique Longue (3298 m), highest peak of the French Pyrenees.
Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Looking down into the firn basin of Glaciar de Ossue, 18/08/1993. Prominent meltwater channels have developed on both, the firn and ice surfaces of the glacier.
Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Tongue of Glaciar de Ossue on 18/08/1993 (compare next image).
Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Tongue of Glaciar de Ossue on 16/08/2004, i.e. 11 years after the previous image was taken.
Glaciar de Ossue, Vignemale Massif
Minor ice avalanche from the front of Glaciar de Ossue, 18/08/1993.
Photos Jordi Camins