Mueller Glacier

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Satellite picture of the Mount Cook region, identifying the Mueller Glacier in the bottom left.
Mueller glacier (under rubble) and its moraine (foreground). Aoraki/Mount Cook washed out in the background. The Hooker Glacier and its terminal lake are up the valley in the distance.

The Mueller Glacier[1] is a 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) long glacier flowing through Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. It lies to the south of Aoraki/Mount Cook, high in the Southern Alps, and flows north. Its meltwaters eventually join the Tasman River.

The glacier was named after German-Australian botanist and explorer Baron von Mueller.[2]

Based on dating of a yellow-green lichen of the Rhizocarpon subgenus, Mueller Glacier is considered to have had a Little Ice Age maximum mass between 1725 and 1730.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Place name detail: Mueller Glacier". New Zealand Gazetteer. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ Tee, Garry J. (2006). "Science on the Map: Places in New Zealand Named After Scientists". The Rutherford Journal. 2. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  3. ^ Winkler, Stefan (2000). "The 'Little Ice Age' maximum in the Southern Alps, New Zealand: preliminary results at Mueller Glacier". The Holocene. 10 (5): 643–647. doi:10.1191/095968300666087656. Retrieved 27 June 2010.

Coordinates: 43°44′S 170°03′E / 43.733°S 170.050°E / -43.733; 170.050