The Rhone Glacier Then And Now


By Paul Homewood


From HH Lamb’s Climate, History and the Modern World , page 215

I have shown this comparison of the Rhone Glacier between 1750 and 1950 previously. It is from HH Lamb’s “Climate, History and the Modern World”.

It show just how much of the glacier was lost prior to 1950.

I have unearthed some more photos, to help fill in the gaps.


Back in 1856, Rhône Glacier almost reached Gletsch village down in the valley. View from the valley.



In 1870, Rhône Glacier had retreated about half a mile
and lost considerably in thickness, but still leaped down to the valley

The glacier appears to be about as large in 1856 as it was drawn in 1750. But even by 1870 it had experienced a rapid retreat.

We can contrast the 1950 photo with one taken in 2009



They actually look pretty similar.


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10 Responses to The Rhone Glacier Then And Now

    • Clearly a carbon tax will stop a process that has been going on for hundreds of years.

      • Disillusioned says:

        A carbon tax will stop the recession of a glacier that was occurring clearly before the man-made global warming scare. Voodoo science works.

    • gator69 says:

      cfgj, your comment has no visible intelligence in it.

      • Gail Combs says:

        The Hotel Belvedere, the Glacier of the Rhone is hidden behind the Hotel, the river Rhone running down the rocks can be seen on the left.

        The Rhone Glacier

        The Rhone Glacier near the Furka pass (2431 m above sea level), is the source of the river Rhone. A belvedere and a hotel, located 3 km west of the Furkapass, allow the tourists to watch the Rhone Glacier from close and even to walk inside the glacier through a small tunnel dug in the ice. The tunnel must be dug again every year, since the glacier is a mass in movement.

    • Disillusioned says:

      cfgi – How much ice does the 1950 photo have in it?

  1. I just checked temperatures in Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland: they have been declining at -.0.006K per annum since 2000;
    we can say -0.1K since 2000,
    which is essentially flat.
    it seems the aletsch gletscher -which I have visited myself – has grown in ice if you look at it in square km. Why look at length of gletschers [only] and then claim there is climate change?
    Just google aletsch and see what you get. -The 117.6km2 is the up to date area compared to 86.6km2 in 1973.

    just check when the road on the right was built?

  2. dSC says:

    The trees are greener in the 2009 picture. Clearly another conformation of excess CO2!

  3. darrylb says:

    Interesting and valuable pictures–Thanks

    I had the pleasure of (army) winter survival training in part over a glacier near
    Fort Greeley by Delta Junction Alaska in December of 1976.
    Some of the best training I ever had.
    I wonder how the glacier looks now.

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