The 7 Largest Glaciers In The World (Length,

The 10 largest glaciers in the world (length, location, etc )

The ten largest (by length) glaciers in the world:

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

Glaciers store an incredible 69 percent of all freshwater on the planet, and there are approximately 200,000 unique glaciers worldwide

Currently, glaciers cover about 10 percent of the Earth’s surface, along with glaciers and the Greenland/Antarctic ice sheet

In this article, we will look at the ten largest glaciers in the world (by length, not area)

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

Photo by Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht

The largest glacier in the world – Lambert Fisher – is in Antarctica

It is the most icy place in the whole world, so it is the main area for the strong formation of glaciers

This mammoth glacier makes up about 8% of the Arctic ice sheet, is 400 kilometers (250 miles) long and 100 kilometers (60 miles) wide

In some places, this ice sheet is up to 47 kilometers (3 miles) thick

People don’t usually hike this glacier because it’s too hard to get to, and the Arctic isn’t usually a playground for us humans

2 Hubbard Glacier

2 Hubbard Glacier

2 Hubbard Glacier

Photo by Bernard Spragg

Hubbard is the largest glacier in North America and is 122 kilometers (75 mi) long

This glacier is unique for two reasons: it is a tidal glacier, and despite global warming and the thinning of most other glaciers, this glacier is advancing

This glacier is known as the “flying glacier” because it races into the Gulf of Alaska at a very high speed (at least for a glacier)

Glacier calving is the breaking off of pieces of ice from a glacier, a process that also occurs in icebergs, ice fronts, ice shelves, and crevasses

It’s great to watch from a distance, but it can be deadly for anyone who gets too close

3 Fedchenko glacier

3 Fedchenko glacier

3 Fedchenko glacier

Photo: http://edcsns17crusgsgov/EarthExplorer/

It is the largest non-polar glacier in the world and is located in Tajikistan

This place, which is 77 kilometers long, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular sights of the Karakoram mountain range

If you want to travel this way, you will have to go to the mountainous Badakhshan region and ask for the Pamir mountains

He was a Russian researcher AP who lived in the 19th century Named after Fedchenko, he first discovered it in 1928 as part of the Soviet expedition to Pamir

Over the years, several meteorological stations have been located here, which have provided a wealth of information about the regional climate

The Fedchenko glacier starts from the Revolution peak ice field

Here it receives ice from several dozen tributary glaciers before flowing north

This glacier is also very fast moving, reaching speeds of up to 67 cm (26 in) per day in its mid-direction

Meltwater from the Fedchenko glacier is the headwaters of the Surkhob River and Amudarya

4 Siachen Glacier

4 Siachen Glacier

4 Siachen Glacier

Photo by Sadia17301

The Siachen Glacier is located between India and Pakistan, on the Line of Control between the two countries

The Siachen Glacier is 75 kilometers (47 miles) long and covers an incredible 700 square kilometers (270 square miles)

If you want to take this bad boy for a ride, be prepared for some serious paperwork

Its location is famous for the power struggle between the governments of India and Pakistan, and you don’t want to get caught up in the chaos

According to the Times of India, in fact, the Siachen Glacier is “the highest, deadliest and costliest battlefield”

The weather conditions in the Siachen Glacier are extreme

Politically, it serves as a bargaining chip, so it’s still controversial over the years

5 Biafo glacier

5 Biafo glacier

5 Biafo glacier

Photo by Yusuf Feroz Gill

Biafo is Fedchenko’s younger brother, also located in the Karakoram mountain range – this time in Pakistan

Bonus fact: The Karakoram Mountains are one of the largest mountain ranges in Asia, spanning India, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan

Biafo is 67 kilometers (42 mi) long and has a snow basin nearly a mile deep

Meltwater from the Biafo Glacier flows into the Indus River, one of India’s largest and most important rivers

At the head of the Biafo Glacier is a snowy lake, a snowy expanse that is a dream to hike

That said, it’s very difficult and requires crazy planning, but it’s a bucket list item for any glacier trekking fanatic

Because it is so difficult to get there, less than 200 people a year enjoy seeing these breathtaking sights

6 Bruggen glacier

6 Bruggen glacier

6 Bruggen Glacier

Photo by David Stanley of Nanaimo, Canada

This mammoth glacier in southern Chile covers 1,260 square kilometers (488 square miles) and is 66 kilometers (41 miles) long

Bruggen, also known as Pio XI, was a prolific sprinter who ran 5 kilometers (31 miles) between 1945 and 1976

The Bruggen Glacier, named after the German geologist Juan Bruggen Messtorff, flows from the southern Patagonian Ice Field

Hop on a cruise ship to see the incredible colors of this glacier

7 Baltoro glacier

7 Baltoro glacier

7 Baltoro glacier

Photo by Guilhem Vellut from Paris

It is also located in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan

At 62 kilometers (39 miles) long, it is a spectacular sight

The rocky road on the Baltoro Glacier is the road leading to the K2 base camp

At the head of the Baltoro Glacier are three more 8,000-meter peaks: Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I, and Gasherbrum II

8 Southern Inylchek Glacier

8 Southern Inylchek Glacier

8 Southern Inylchek Glacier

Photo by Chen Zhao

The Southern Inylcheck Glacier is located in the Central Tien-Shan Mountains of the Issyk-Kul region

It is 61 kilometers (38 miles) long and covers only 18 square kilometers (7 square miles), making it a long, thin glacier

Traveling through the southern Inylcheck is quite difficult, but there are permanent camps along the way

On this one-way trip, you will start from At-Jailoo Camp in the valley and proceed to South Inylcheck Base Camp

It is located between the peaks of Khan Tengri and Pobebi, all of which are 7000 m and above

9 Jostedal glacier

9 Jostedal glacier

9 Jostedal glacier

Photo by G Lanting

Jostedal is unique because it is the largest glacier in continental Europe

Jostedal is the 9th largest glacier in the world and is an impressive 60 kilometers (37 miles) long and 600 meters (2,000 feet) thick

Located in Norway’s Sogn og Fjordane county, this is one of the few giant glaciers that are suitable for climbing

Here you will trek for 2-4 hours through rough country, after which you will enter the glacier

If you’re new to glacier hiking, this can be a great place to start (provided you’re fit enough to get there)

Jostedal has several guided glacier tours that ensure you have an experienced guide to help you

Jostedal fascinates with its blue ice and the possibility to walk inside some crevasses

You can even hear the ice melting

It is an exhilarating and memorable experience for years to come

Batura Glacier

Batura Glacier

Batura Glacier

Photo of Akbar Khan Niazi

Also in Pakistan, the Batura Glacier is located in the Gojal region of Gilgit-Baltistan

Batura Glacier is 56 kilometers (35 miles) long

Batura is hard to get to because it’s almost in the middle of nowhere

Once there, trekking across the glacier takes about five days, depending on the weather and your fitness level

The area is stunningly beautiful and the locals are very friendly and welcoming

Glaciers and climate change

The truth is that as the earth warms, our glaciers and ice caps are melting

Let’s keep this in mind as we head out into nature to appreciate and marvel at these amazing ice formations

Now that it’s all said and done, happy climbing in the amazing wonderland of glaciers


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