Glacier 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, 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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  • Caleta Tortel we visited in January 2018, we had the wonderful experience of navigate Jorge Montt glacier in the boat MAX NAHUEL ARRATIA fugitive II, (+ 56993935013) an excellent Navigator and pleasant host, along with her sister, both us they were very good, the glacier is a unique spectacle. Be there watching and feeling its magnificence with all your senses, I recommend it 100%,
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  • We did this tour with 4 people more in March 2017, with Mr. Claudio Landeros on your boat. Type 09:30 am we start from Tortel, and little more than an hour and a half of travel come to this wonderful place. We could do a bit of trekking on a nearby Hill, photographing Huemules, and drink whiskey directly in a glass of ancient ice, made just for him. It is a tour that takes little more than half a day, but to be performed anyway. 100% recommended!
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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 »
  • If you're in Tortel, do not miss live this adventure. Discover for yourself, the history of the ancient ice, southernmost South of Aysén. It is South of the town of Tortel Parque national Bernardo ohiggins. To reach it is necessary to rent a boat in the town of Tortel, which should cost approximately about 50 thousand pesos per person. Take you an excursion that lasts a little less than six hours by the Patagonian glacier to channels. Arriving at the place, surprise you with the millenary ice, than graphics clearly the passing of time and the natural vastness that you can only find in these southern lands of Patagonia Aysén.
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