Australasia

Exhibition on the Theme

VANISHING GLACIERS



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Australasia

No glaciers exist in Australia. By contrast, there are as many as 3,000 glaciers in New Zealand. Many of them are located in the Southern Alps on the South Island and are classified as mid-latitude mountain glaciers. They have been retreating since 1890.4

As the glaciers retreated, some formed proglacial lakes, such as the one shown in front of the Donne Glacier, on New Zealand’s Mount Tutoko. Satellite imagery has revealed that many proglacial lakes in New Zealand are expanding as a result of glacier retreat.

4. NASA (2017). New Zealand Glaciers. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia21509/new-zealand-glaciers

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Donne Glacier, New Zealand | Klaus Thymann (2013)

Top view of the Donne Glacier, which descends down on the east face of Mount Tutoka, in southwest New Zealand. This glacier has been undergoing rapid retreat for decades, and in 2000, a new unnamed alpine lake was formed.

 
 
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