Grey Glacier

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Grey Glacier
Glaciar Grey, Torres del Paine.jpg
Grey Glacier
Type Mountain glacier
Location Chile
Coordinates 50°57′S 73°15′W / 50.950°S 73.250°W / -50.950; -73.250
Area 270 km2 (100 sq mi) [1]
Length 28 km (17 mi) [1]
Terminus Glacial lake

Grey Glacier is a glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, just west of the Cordillera del Paine. It flows southward into the lake of the same name. Before dividing in two at its front end, the glacier is 6 kilometers wide and over 30 meters high. In 1996, it occupied a total area of 270 km2 (100 sq mi) and a length of 28 km (17 mi).[2] In November 2017 a large iceberg broke off the glacier.[3]

Surroundings[edit]

Recent retreat.
Grey Glacier seen from space.

The glacier is at the south end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. The surface of the lake can be seen when following the big circuit of Paine Mountain Range at John Garner Pass. There is another view of the glacier from the south shore of the lake where the glacier can be seen in the background, with fragments of ice floating close to the shore. It is located to the west side of the Torres del Paine National Park.


View from the west side
Icebergs calved by the glacier.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.glaciologia.cl/spi.html Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Grey Glacier, Chile : Image of the Day". earthobservatory.nasa.gov. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  3. ^ staff, Guardian; agencies (2017-11-29). "Large iceberg breaks off from Grey glacier in southern Chile". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-12.