The Konkordiaplatz or Concordia (French: Place de la Concorde), is a large flat area of snow and ice lying just to the south of the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. Its notable feature is that it is the junction of four large glaciers coming down from the Aletschfirn, the Jungfraufirn, the Ewigschneefäld and the Grüneggfirn. The main Aletsch Glacier originates from Konkordiaplatz. The Konkordiaplatz Charter was signed by the municipalities located in the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage site, vowing to retain the aesthetic beauty of the region.
Concordia is the latin word for harmony, literally "with (one) heart". It was the name of the Roman goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. A British mountaineer, John Frederick Hardy, gave to the convergence of the several glaciers, the name Place de la Concorde of Nature.
Konkordiaplatz is located at an altitude between 2,700 and 2,800 metres, the place is approximatively 2 km large. According to measurement made by the ETHZ the thickness of snow and ice is more than 900 metres. It is surrounded by the Dreieckhorn (south), the Fiescher Gabelhorn (east), the Grünhorn (north-east) and the Kranzberg (subpeak of the Jungfrau) and Trugberg (north).
At Konkordia the glacier has a speed of about 200 metres per year or 50 centimetres per day.
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