Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 647–665, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 647–665, 2022
Research article
21 Feb 2022
Research article | 21 Feb 2022

Glacier and rock glacier changes since the 1950s in the La Laguna catchment, Chile

Benjamin Aubrey Robson et al.

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This work uses satellite and aerial data to study glaciers and rock glacier changes in La Laguna catchment within the semi-arid Andes of Chile, where ice melt is an important factor in river flow. The results show the rate of ice loss of Tapado Glacier has been increasing since the 1950s, which possibly relates to a dryer, warmer climate over the previous decades. Several rock glaciers show high surface velocities and elevation changes between 2012 and 2020, indicating they may be ice-rich.