Glaciers of the Pyrenees

Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif

Glaciar de Tempestades is the easternmost glacier in the Maladeta massif. It is located in a north-exposed corrie at the base of Pico de Margalida (3240m).

Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Tempestades glacier in 1986. Prominent lateral moraines from the Litte Ice Age maximum indicate that the glacier then extended far beyond the lower margin of the photo.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Tempestades glacier in 2009. The remaining small remnant glaciers are fed by avalanche snow from the headwall and are, due to the northern orientation, well shaded.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Recession of Tempestades glacier between 1986 and 2009.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Glacier de Tempestades 1990. Extensive crevassing shows still considerable movement.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Glacier de Tempestades 07/08/2005. Only small ice patches remain below the rock wall.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Recession of Glaciar de Tempestades between 1990 and 2005.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Glacier de Tempestades 05/08/1986; easter part o fthe glacier.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Glacier de Tempestades 07/08/2005; The easter part has almost entirely vanished.
Glaciar de Tempestades, Maladeta Massif
Recession of the eastern part of Glaciar de Tempestades between 1986 and 2005.
Photos by Jordi Camins