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Pio XI - Largest glacier in Chile -

Growing every day

Largest glacier in the Patagonia Icefield

 

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Located in Bernardo O┬┤Higgins National Park, Pio XI Glacier is as big as Santiago. With a surface area of 1265 square kilometers. It is the largest glacier in the Patagonia Icefield.

Here are a few sources confirming its growth:

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This tour operator's website says that Pio XI "grows 50 meters in height, length and density every day.
http://www.visitchile.com/eng/south-patagonia-torres-paine/destination.asp?id=425

 

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The caption accompanying this travel photo says that the Pio XI glacier is now advancing about 2 meters per day.
http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/136308

 

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This article on sciencedirect.com confirms that Pio XI glacier has been advancing.

"Pio XI glacier, with an area of 1263 km2 and a length of 65.7 km, is the largest of the Southern Patagonia Icefield (SPI). During the period 1945–1995 it experienced a net advance of ca. 10 km., a unique behavior considering that virtually all neighboring glaciers are retreating."


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VF0-3YHWS3C-R&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F1999&_rdoc=1&_fmt=
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