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Global warming

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 November 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

The Morteratsch Glacier (romansh: Vadret da Morteratsch) is the largest glacier by area in the Bernina Range of the Bündner Alps in Switzerland. The Morteratsch Glacier is a typical valley glacier with a pronounced ice front. The accumulation zone lies between the peaks of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina, Crast' Agüzza, Piz Argient, Piz Zupò and Bellavista. From Piz Argient to the ice front in the Val Morteratsch, its horizontal extent today is about 6,4 km, with an altitude difference of up to 2,000 m. Together with the Pers Glacier, originating at Piz Palü, which joins the Morteratsch just below the rock formation Isla Persa ("Lost Isle"), it covers an area of about 15,3 km2. The volume of the ice is estimated to be about 1.2 km³. Yearly length change measurements have been recorded since 1878. For the period to 1998, the overall retreat was over 1.8 km with a mean annual retreat rate of approximately 17.2 m per year. This long-term average has markedly increased in recent years, receding 30 m per year!
At the ice front little sculptures of melting ice (like the one in the image) can be found all over the place. Beautiful but sad witnesses to global warming ....

This image concludes the Italy-Switserland series from July 2011

Image: Val Morteratsch (CH) - 21/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wat een prachtige foto! Mooie reflecties en kleuren in het ijs.
Fijn weekend.

5 Nov 2011 8:18am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

6 Nov 2011 2:01am

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Goed gekozen onderwerp, geeft een mooi abstract resultaat.

6 Nov 2011 9:36am

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm