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Glaciar Jorge Montt, Tortel

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Jorge Montt Glacier is a tidewater glacier located in the Aisén Region of Chile, south of the town of Caleta Tortel. It lies at the north end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, within Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. The mouth of Pascua River is located in the vicinity of the glacier calving front.The total drainage area of the glacier is about 510km2. The glacier’s ice is thinning most at low elevations, where air temperature is the highest. Ice thinning between 1975 and 2000 averaged 3.3m per year over the entire glacier, and reached 18m per year at the lowest elevations. The glacier calving front experienced a major retreat of 8.5km in those 25 years as a result of rapid thinning. The glacier calves off icebergs into the Baker Channel.In 2000, the NASA wrote:Conventional topographic data from the 1970s and 1990s were compared with data from NASA's February 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to measure changes in the volumes of the 63 largest glaciers in the region over time. The researchers concluded the thinning rate of the Patagonia Icefields more than doubled during the period from 1995 through 2000 versus the period from 1975 to 2000.In December 2011, a new study was published. "The study was presented by glaciologist and CECs researcher Andrés Rivera, who focused his investigation on changes in the glacier between February 2010 and January 2011. Using a series of 1,445 photos taken throughout this period, scientists found that the glacier shrank roughly 82 feet each day, receding more than half a mile in the course of the year."
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  • Extraordinary experience. First, you have to navigate 30 nautical miles from Caleta Tortel to the Glacier on small boats which take between 8 and 10 people max. The trip goes mainly on protected fjior...  more »
  • It's not that easy to go, beacus you have to take a motor boat from Caleta Tortel, and there tourism agencies does not exist, so you have to negotiate with a fisher man who has a motor boat. That make...  more »
  • The entire boat trip to glacier Mott was a lovely experience, cruising on the fjords in this remote and isolated part of the world, undisturbed by humans. The closer we got to the glacier, the more ic...  more »