Glaciers of South America

Professional Paper 1386-I
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Landsat images, together with maps and aerial photographs, have been used to produce glacier inventories, define glacier locations, and study glacier dynamics in the countries of South America, along with the Andes Mountains. In Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the small glaciers have been undergoing extensive glacier recession since the late 1800's. Glacier-related hazards (outburst floods, mud flows, and debris avalanches) occur in Colombia, in Ecuador, and associated with the more extensive (2,600 km2) glaciers of Peru. The largest area of glacier ice is found in Argentina and Chile, including the northern Patagonian ice field (about 4,200 km2) and the southern Patagonian ice field (about 13,000 km2), the largest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Glaciers of South America
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1386
Chapter I
DOI 10.3133/pp1386I
Edition Online Version 1.02
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 206 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world (Professional Paper 1386)
First page I1
Last page I206
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