Retreating Svalbard Glaciers
Monday, July 20, 2009 7:40:51 AM
One of the more famous glacier is the 14th July Glacier, named by French explorers (“Glacier du Quatorze Juillet”). I would guess that the name is due to the “Bastille Day” (commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on 14 July 1789), and not the day they found it. In Norwegian it is called the “Fjortende Julibreen”. Many (excellent) pictures of this glacier is found on the internet - just do a Google-search - much better than mine, nevertheless here is a panorama of this famous, and rapidly retreating glacier. I took this photo on 6 July 2009 (sorry 8 days too early).
Another retreating glacier in that area is the Lilliehöök-breen or Lilliehook Glacier, that has retreated 4-5 km over the latest 100 years:
These two glaciers are situated near the i on the labelled map below (11 July Glacier out to the Krossfjord and Lilliehook Glacier a bit further to the north in the Lilliehöökfjord, which is the northwestern continuation of the Krossfjord)
Finally two more clearly retreating glaciers at the Krossfjord: