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From its source to the valley of Chamonix, the Argentière Glacier is nine kilometers long. Like many glaciers in the region, the Argentière has receded alarmingly. Between 1870-1967 the glacier has shrunk 100 meters. In the last five years glacier has receded to a position atop a steep slope.
The glacier rapid retreat has been linked to a continuous negative mass balance. A five-year study started in 2004 showed that the glacier had lost an average of 1.5 m between 2004 and 2009. It also came to be known that there was a 10-11 m loss in average ice thickness from the glacier.
- Pelto, Mauri. "Retreat of Glacier d’Argentiere, France". Retrieved 9 August 2013.
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