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Growth and Shrinkage of Glaciers1

Nature volume 88, pages 415416 (25 January 1912) | Download Citation



THE volume referred to below deals with certain glaciers in Savoy; four of them in the massif of Mont Blanc, the same number in the Maurienne, and one in the Tarentaise. It is well known that, during the last few centuries, the Alpine glaciers have been increasing and decreasing in volume, though the extent and duration of these oscillations have been less certain, and observers in different parts of the chain are now watching and recording the amount of changes. The glaciers near Chamonix are particularly well adapted for study, because that place has been frequented by travelers for a longer time than other Alpine centres. Hence more information can be obtained, and this in some cases is supplemented by drawings, which, however open to criticism as works of art, are valuable records of facts.

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