Plaine Morte Glacier

Coordinates: 46°23′N 7°30′E / 46.383°N 7.500°E / 46.383; 7.500
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Plaine Morte Glacier
French: glacier de la Plaine Morte (its largest tongue: German: Rezligletscher)
Wildstrubel and glacier
Typehorizontal ice field
LocationLenk, BE (Crans-Montana, VS), Switzerland
Coordinates46°23′N 7°30′E / 46.383°N 7.500°E / 46.383; 7.500
Area9.0 km2 (3.5 sq mi) (1973)
Length4.87 km (3.03 mi) (2016)
Highest elevation2,840 m (9,320 ft)
Lowest elevation2,470 m (8,100 ft)
TerminusTrüebbach (Rhine), La Tièche (Rhône)

The Plaine Morte Glacier (lit.: Dead Plain Glacier; French: glacier de la Plaine Morte) is a glacier located at an elevation of 2,750 m (9,020 ft), in the canton of Bern above Lenk and in the Valais above Crans-Montana in Switzerland. The ice field, which covers 7.88 square kilometres (3.04 sq mi), is located below the mountain of Wildstrubel in the Bernese Alps. Its largest tongue is also called in German Rezligletscher or Rätzligletscher.

The area of Plaine Morte is easily accessible from Crans-Montana by cable car and the practice of cross-country skiing is possible throughout the year. The summit of the Pointe de la Plaine Morte offers impressive views of the Valais Alps.

A large lake formed at the eastern base of the glacier, south of the Schneehorn, at a height of 2,752 metres above sea level.[1] The surface area of the lake is 0.11 km².[2]



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  1. ^ Height retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps
  2. ^ Area retrieved from Google Earth (July 2013)
  3. ^ Implications of climate change on Glacier de la Plaine Morte, Switzerland