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Rhonegletscher
View towards the Tieralplistock
View towards the Tieralplistock
Type Valley glacier
Location Valais, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°34.32′N 8°22.58′E / 46.572°N 8.37633°E / 46.572; 8.37633Coordinates: 46°34.32′N 8°22.58′E / 46.572°N 8.37633°E / 46.572; 8.37633

The Rhône Glacier, or Rhone Glacier (German: Rhonegletscher) is a glacier in the Swiss Alps and the source of the Rhone River and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva in the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais. Because the Glacier is located close to the Furka Pass road it is easily accessible.

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Geography

The Rhône Glacier is the largest glacier in the Urner Alps. It lies on the south side of the range at the source of the Rhone. The Undri Triftlimi (3,081 m) connects it to the Trift Glacier. The glacier is located on the northernmost part of the canton of Valais, between the Grimsel Pass and the Furka Pass and is part of the Oberwald municipality. The Dammastock (3,630 m) is the highest summit above the glacier.

Evolution

2008
2005
1900
1870
Evolution of The Rhone Glacier.
Vertical axis: length difference in meters
Horizontal axis: years
In thick green: cumulated length difference starting 1879
In thin red: growth during one year

The Rhone Glacier is easily accessible so its evolution is observed since the 19th century. The glacier lost ~1300 m during the last 120 years leaving back a track of naked stone.

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