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Volume 24 (2) - 2001

DIOLAIUTI G., D’AGATA C., PAVAN M., VASSENA G., LANZI C., PINOLI M., PELFINI M., PECCI M. & SMIRAGLIA C.

The physical evolution of and the anthropic impact on a glacier subjected to a high influx of tourists:Vedretta Piana Glacier (Italian Alps)

Pages 199-201

Abstract

Vedretta Piana Glacier is situated in Valle di Trafoi, near Stelvio Pass (Italian Alps). Summer skiing has been a popular sport on this glacier for over seventy years. On this glacier a study for determining its recent evolution was carried out by means of a quantitative, detailed analysis (GPS and GPR surveys) carried out in 1999 and in 2000. The data elaboration shows that the loss of ice and snow during the September 1999 – September 2000 period was equal to 938.920 m3. The specific net mass balance for the 1999/2000 hydrological year thus amounts to –2.138 mm. The glacier’s mean thickness proved to be equal to 71 m. The glacier volume proved to be equal to 72.500.000 m3 over a surface area of about 1 km2. The survival time of the glacier is valued of about 35 years

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