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Research article
24 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 24 Feb 2017

Recent geodetic mass balance of Monte Tronador glaciers, northern Patagonian Andes

Lucas Ruiz, Etienne Berthier, Maximiliano Viale, Pierre Pitte, and Mariano H. Masiokas

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