Largest glacier in Chile is advancing

Largest glacier in Chile is advancing

Pio XI Glacier, the largest glacier of the Patagonian ice field, has been advancing for years, says reader J Philip Petersen.

It’s kind of like Hubbard Glacier in Alaska (the largest tidewater glacier in North America) and Taku Glacier (the largest glacier in the Juneau Ice field), says Petersen.

Petersen is correct. However, you have to do your homework in order to discover that information.

Pio XI Glacier - Courtesy Wikipedia
Pio XI Glacier – Courtesy Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, the Brüggen Glacier, also known as Pío XI Glacier, is the largest western outflow from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Now about 66 km (41 mi) in length, it is the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica.

“Unlike most glaciers worldwide, it advanced significantly from 1945 to 1976,” says Wikipedia. “Brüggen surged 5 km (3.1 mi) across the Eyre Fjord, reaching the western shore by 1962 and cutting off Lake Greve from the sea. The glacier continued advancing both northward and southward in the fjord to near its present position before stabilizing.

“Stabilyzing.” Hmm. This makes it seem that Pio XI stopped advancing in 1976, doesn’t it?

But no, it was still advancing in 2005.

The caption accompanying a travel photo taken in 2005 said that the Pio XI glacier was advancing about 2 meters (almost 7 feet) per day.

But it has surely stopped advancing by now, right? Right?

No again. Pio XI is still advancing.

Look at the box on the right side of the Wikipedia page, and you’ll see Pio XI’s status listed as “advancing.”

Do you see pattern here? asks Petersen. “The largest tidewater glaciers are advancing.”

Interesting how the largest glacier in Chile can be advancing, and yet no one mentions it.

You don’t suppose there’s some kind of agenda, do you?

Wikipedia Bruggen page:

Travel photo:

Thanks to J Philip Petersen for this reminder

In case it should mysteriously disappear, here’s a screen shot of that part of the Wikipedia page that says the glacier is advancing .

Bruggen - Wikipedia - 9Apr2015
Screen shot taken on 9 April 2015


By the way, I posted about this glacier many years ago on


10 thoughts on “Largest glacier in Chile is advancing

    • Forgot to add that everyone should save a copy of this picture and store it away safely. One day, all this evidence may be removed from Wiki, etc.

  1. How dare this glacier advance! Hasn’t it been paying attention to the climate models?! Doesn’t it know that it is supposed to be receding?!

  2. What is interesting is that at 49 degrees south there are permanent ice sheets at sea level !

    At 49 degrees north we find the English channel, Vancouver Island, the southern tip of Kamchatka and the St Lawrence seaway.

    The glaciers of Glacier Bay Alaska are at about 58 degrees north – significantly further from the equator than Chile’s permanent ice fields.

    This shows what a huge difference there is between the northern and southern hemispheres and how ridiculous alarmist’s rantings about Arctic sea ice are.

    Also consider that during winter in the southern hemisphere the TOA solar constant is significantly lower at ~1321 W/sqm than the TOA solar constant during the winter of the northern hemisphere at ~1412 W/sqm.

    Wonder how those climate models factor in this, totally unpredictable cloud cover plus the obvious effect having a great big continent at the pole.

    Or do they simply completely ignore it all and work on averages ?

  3. Speaking of large glaciers… Robert, in your research did you by any chance see the current status of the Barnes Ice Cap? It is a key metric for the next Ice Age, as it is the last remnant of the once great Laurentide Ice Sheet that covered most of Canada and a chunk of the U.S.

  4. It makes no difference to the average deranged warmista. They will snap pictures of the glaciers leading edge as it calves icebergs and lament how the glacier is disintegrating because of global warming…

    • Yet no one doubts river waters flow to the sea.

      Are not glaciers simply frozen rivers that inevitably MUST flow to the sea provided there is an accumulation of snow at the “headwaters” ?

      Or, is the snow simply expected to “pile up” at the “headwater” area and the whole mass defy gravity ??

      Alarmists worried about calving glaciers are so insistent or creating alarm where there is none they forget that gravity determines that a glacier must flow down to the sea ultimately (or to lower elevations)- just like the vast majority of the world’s rivers.

      No one is alarmed as they watch a river discharging fresh water into the sea but a glacier “calving” is somehow un-natural ???

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