Lambert Glacier

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Lambert Glacier
Environment map

Environment map

location American Highlands and Mac Robertson Land , East Antarctica
Type Ice flow
length 420 km
width Max. 130 km
Coordinates 71 ° 0 ′  S , 70 ° 0 ′  E Coordinates: 71 ° 0 ′  S , 70 ° 0 ′  E
Lambert Glacier (Antarctica)
Lambert Glacier
drainage Amery Ice Shelf
particularities largest glacier on earth
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The Lambert Glacier (originally Baker 3 Glacier) is a glacier located in Antarctica . At 420 km long and 90 to 130 km wide (inland) it is the longest and largest glacier on earth .

The ice flow is in East Antarctica. From the central dome-like plateau of Antarctica, known as the polar plateau , or from the American highlands there , the ice flows past the Prince Charles Mountains in the west and Princess Elisabeth Land in the east towards the coast of the continent, where it joins the Amery Ice Shelf flows out.

The catchment area of the Lambert Glacier comprises around 10 percent of the Antarctic ice sheet . At its confluence with the icy Southern Ocean , where the ice moves around 750 m to 1000 m per year towards the sea, the glacier is around 210 km wide.

Aerial photos of the glacier were taken during the US operation Highjump (1946–1947). These were used by the American cartographer John H. Roscoe (1915-2007) for an initial mapping. Australian cartographers re-mapped in 1956. The Antarctic Names Committee of Australia named the glacier in 1957 after the Australian geodesist Bruce Phillip Lambert (1912-1990), head of the cartography department in the Australian Department of National Development .

Web links

Commons : Lambert Glacier  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Lambert Glacier (Baker Three Glacier)". United States Geological Survey , Geographic Names Information System , January 7, 2010, accessed January 7, 2010 .
  2. Ice Sheets ( Memento from September 17, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Australian Antarctic Division (English)