Glaciers of the Pyrenees

Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif

Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
Glaciar de Monte Perdido Superior and Inferior below the summit of Monte Perdido (3355m). On the right Cilindro de Marboré (3328m). Strong image processing was applied to reduce the effect of haze in this telephoto view taken on 09/08/2007.
Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
The upper and lower glacier are in the process of seperating (15/08/2000).
Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
Detail of Glaciar Inferior de Monte Perdido. As now hardly any ice breaks off the upper glacier it cannot regenerate the lower one any longer (15/08/2000).
Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
Recession of Glaciar del Monte Perdido between 1983 and 2008; seen from the ridge above the glacier: Crevasses, still present in 1983, have almost entirely disappeared, and rocks now seperate the lower and upper glacier in 2008.
Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
On 05/08/1983 the uppermost part of the glacier appears rather active, with well developped crevasses indicating glacier flow.
Glaciar de Monte Perdido - Gavarnie and Monte Perdido Massif
On 18/08/2008 fewer crevasses suggest considerably less flow due to thinning of the glacier, which is also evident from the rocks emerging along its edge.
Photos by Jordi Camins