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The Bockkar Glacier, Salzburg, Austria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member luzzi-reloaded
N 47° 07.713 E 012° 48.429
33T E 333690 N 5221782
Quick Description: The Bockkar Glacier, Salzburg, Austria
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Date Posted: 2/12/2012 8:04:53 AM
Waymark Code: WMDPXA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wilsonjw
Views: 12

Long Description:
The Bockkar Glacier - the glacier with the largest ice avalanches in the Eastern Alps




In 1945, a massive ice avalanche (5 million m³) crashed down the Käfer Valley, which destroyed part of the forest, flattenend an alpine-meadow hut, and killed approximately seventy head of cattle. The associated avalanche of powered ice reached as far as the Trauner Meadow of the opposite valley side, 250m above the valley floor. It took 2 years until the avalanche cone in the Rotmoos had melted away.
The Bockkar Glacier is a cirque glacier with an area of 3.6 m². The accumulation zone is a large flat basin. The deposited snow eventually turns to ice in this area and then flows downward forming the glacier tongue which lies on a steeply inclined rock surface. An icefall is formed there that flows down at a rate of 20-50m per year. In some years there is a greater supply of ice, which results in increased flow. Meltwater underneath the glacier reduces the friction and enabled the sliding phases. The glacier loses its stability, a large portion brakes off, and an ice avalanche rushed down the valley. Between 1967 and 1983, large ice displacements took place every four years. The amount of ice decreased in the Eighties because the glacier remained snowfree at higher elevations during each summer. The ice mass in the accumulation zone was reduced, and simultaneously the glacier tongue melted to the great extend. There have been fewer ice avalanches since then.
Mountain / landmass name: Großglickner

Glacier type: ice

Final access method: Hiking trail

Safe viewing location: N 47° 07.713 W 012° 48.429

Photograph submitted: yes

Park name (if any): Not listed

Parking / trail head / boat launch: Not listed

Travel time (approximate): Not Listed

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