Pasterze Glacier

Pasterze Glacier

Infobox_Glacier | glacier_name = Pasterze Glacier

caption = Pasterze and Johannisberg in 2005
type = Mountain glacier
location = Grossglockner, Austria
coordinates = coord|47|5|8|N|12|43|24|E|type:glacier
area = 18.5 km² (7.2 sq mi) (2002)
length = about 8.4 km (5.2 mi) (2002)
thickness = about 120 m (400 ft)
terminus = Talus
status = Retreating
The Pasterze, at approximately 8.4 km (5.2 mi) in length, is the longest glacier in Austria and in the Eastern Alps reaching from the 3,453 m (11,330 ft) "Johannisberg" to 2,100 m (6890 ft) above sea level. It lies within the Hohe Tauern mountain range in Carinthia, directly beneath Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner. The Pasterze can be reached via the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and a funicular railway.The length of the glacier currently decreases about 10 m (33 ft) each year. Its volume diminished by half since the first measurements in 1851.

ee also

*List of glaciers
*Retreat of glaciers since 1850
*Effects of global warming

External links

* [ Graz University Geographical Institute]
* [ Pasterze funicular railway]

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