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Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« on: December 12, 2022, 07:47:28 PM »
We begin this journey with a glacier situated only 70 km (44 mi) from the Caribbean Sea and presumeably sunny beaches.
It is Glaciar La Corona situated next to the second highest Venezuelan peak Pico Humboldt at 4,925 meters, the most unusual thing about this this glacier is it is based on a non volcanic base, the Andes start or ends here depending how you look at it of course.
But what we see many places across our planet this glacier will soon be history too, it is now down to only 29,200 m2 or 815 meters in circumference, compared to +/-13 km2 not too many years ago (before the satelitte age).
I expect Glaciar La Corona will be history in less than 5 years from now.

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2022, 03:21:48 PM »
Update Glaciar La Corona:
I just stumbled over some data from Landsat 1 (1972) I wanted to add to the story about this Venezuelan glacier and on top of that I added my suggestion to what the glacier looked like not so long ago before we went satelitte.

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2022, 08:57:56 PM »
We are continuing the trip to unusual glacier places. This time to the subtropic province of Yunnan in China.
140 kms West of Myanmar and 500 kms North of Laos is "Jade Dragon Snow Mountain", yes what a name, it is the southernmost glacier(system) in Eurasia, the largest continental area on Earth.
But like the previous glacier found in this thread the history of this glacier system is relatively soon comming to end, how soon I will not predict, you can judge by yourself:

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2022, 07:50:53 AM »
Thank you Espen. This thread is another sad reminder of the long process of AGW.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2022, 10:48:21 AM »
Thank you Espen. This thread is another sad reminder of the long process of AGW.
Being a pessimist (but sighing for some good news), Espen's gif is a another sad reminder of ever-accelerating AGW.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2022, 04:39:53 PM »
Thank you Espen. This thread is another sad reminder of the long process of AGW.

Don't mention the war! :)
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2023, 06:15:25 PM »
Update: Glaciar La Coruna - Pico Humboldt - Venezuela

Venezuela could be the first country in modern time to lose all glaciers or perennial ice, but there will soon be a few more (New Guinea, DRC (Zaire), Uganda and Kenya.

Glaciar La Coruna lost more than 65 % of area between 2015 (78.300 m2) and 2023 (27.300 m2).

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2023, 09:33:08 PM »
Based on that photo and a definition of a glacier as a compacted mass of ice and snow slowly moving under its own weight, it appears that Glacier La Coruna is no longer a glacier. That is, I would guess it is no longer moving. Except backwards.

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2023, 05:29:43 PM »
It might very well still move down slope a tiny bit? Not for long but it is hard to tell the scale for these pictures.
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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2023, 09:57:41 PM »
Based on that photo and a definition of a glacier as a compacted mass of ice and snow slowly moving under its own weight, it appears that Glacier La Coruna is no longer a glacier. That is, I would guess it is no longer moving. Except backwards.

We are watching a hospice situation and whatever it was is irrelevant?
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2023, 09:32:06 PM »
Soon to be history:
Venezuela is one of 4 "contenders" being the first country in modern time to lose all glaciers:

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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2023, 11:00:58 AM »
Here is another contender being the the first country in modern time to lose all glaciers.
This time Kenya and Mount Kenya the others are:
Puncak Jaya (Papua / Indonesia)
Humboldt  (Venezuela)
Rwenzori (Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) is not included but it is a close contender

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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2023, 05:24:17 PM »


I thought the only glacier (one that moves) was/is the diamond couloir that flows down to create a fabulous ice climb. It was there in 1990 when I climbed mount Kenya. No, I didn't take my climbing axes.

https://www.summitpost.org/diamond-couloir-sunset-of-a-world-famous-ice-climbing/797065

Some nice pics in the link - it is a beautiful mountain.

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2023, 04:57:11 PM »
Glaciar La Corona  - Pico Humboldt

The era of natural perennial ice in Venezuela will soon come to an end. Between January 2022 until May 5 2023 the ”glacier” lost 9.700 m2 (29 %) of ice surface and there is only 19.700 m2 left or less than the size of 3 soccer fields?
I also suspect it lost a lot of volume in same period from what I can tell.
It could be gone in less than 2 years?

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2023, 12:06:16 AM »
Really old glaciers. More details in the linked post.

Evidence of Earth’s Oldest Glaciers Found in South Africa

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and more:
https://eos.org/articles/evidence-of-earths-oldest-glaciers-found-in-south-africa
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2024, 12:25:40 PM »
Glaciar La Coruna / Pico Humboldt / Venezuela:

An update on the situation around Glaciar La Coruna.
As you can see, there is not much left of this former great glacier, it is by pixel count 17.200 m2 in area, in terms of volume there is probably not much left either and it is pure ice on the surface, so it can disappear with a few days' notice.
Incidentally, it is the last natural perennial ice left in all of Venezuela.

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Re: Places you would not expect to find Glaciers.
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2024, 06:58:59 PM »
So will we get a rocks only picture this season?
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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2024, 10:56:29 AM »
So will we get a rocks only picture this season?

I have no idea how much volume is left in the former glacier, but on January 25, 2024 there was 16,700 m2 left, so there are only months left, it should probably "survive" 2024, but could be gone during 2025 .

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