Argentière Glacier

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The Argentière Glacier is a glacier in the French Alps that is above the village of Argentière. It lies perpendicular to the Chamonix valley and is in the Rhône-Alpes region.

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 to 1967, the glacier shrunk 100 meters. In recent years, the glacier has receded to a position atop a steep slope.[1]

The glacier's 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 to 2009. It also came to be known that there was a 10–11 m loss in average ice thickness from the glacier.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pelto, Mauri. "Retreat of Glacier d’Argentiere, France". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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Coordinates: 45°57′37″N 6°58′46″E / 45.96028°N 6.97944°E / 45.96028; 6.97944