World’s 7 Largest Glaciers by Continent

April 17, 2009 / 6 Comments

A large, slow-moving mass of ice that forms where snow falls at a greater rate, glaciers are the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth. Covering vast areas of the polar region and mountain ranges all over the world, we’ve decided to hop on a quest to find the largest glacier on each continent. So here they are:

North America – Hubbard Glacier

hubbard glacier 1 Worlds 7 Largest Glaciers by Continent

hubbard glacier 2 Worlds 7 Largest Glaciers by Continent

Hubbard is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent. Hubbard has also been thickening and advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska ever since it was first mapped by the International Boundary Commission in 1895 (Davidson, 1903). And, this is happening despite climate change and the fact that many glaciers are thinning and retreating.

Images by BobTheCorkDwarf (1+2)

South America – Perito Moreno Glacier

90% of the world’s glaciers in Antarctica and Patagonia at the southern tip of South America are melting quickly. Argentina’s mighty Perito Moreno glacier is thriving in defiance of the global climate change. University of Alaska Fairbanks experts say the area’s heavy precipitation seems to have increased. This combined with strong, cold Patagonian winds has reinforced the glacier.

Images bye romeral and eoino

Europe – Vatnajokull Glacier

The Vatnajokull covers about 8% of Iceland with and average thickness of 400meter. Beneath the glacier are active volcanoes. Grimsvoth Volcano is Iceland’s most active – latest eruptions in 1996, 1998, 2004.

Images by nico t and adrivdm

Africa – Glaciers of Kilimanjaro

These glaciers may not be the biggest on the continent but they are definitely on the highest mountain of the continent. They were also the center of much global warming alarmist hype until it was proven that retreat and advance of glaciers is not caused by climate change as much as it is caused by overall changes in precipitation.

Images by pave_m and bencurthoys

Asia – Siachen Glacier

Siachen glacier is the highest battleground on earth. It is a place where India and Pakistan always meet in a frozen standoff. It is the world’s largest non polar glacier, Siachen glacier is sometimes called third pole. This glacier is well known for its scarce population and treacherous climatic conditions.  Siachin boasts more than 2 trillion cubic feet of ice, and within 25 kms has 45 peaks which rise up to a height of 18000 feet.

Image by Imran

Australia – Heard Island Glacier

Australia’s little know glaciers sit in sub-Antarctic Heard Island in the Indian Ocean. The area was discovered by U.S. Captain William Heard in 1853. Scientists call the area an ideal laboratory for studying climate change – at the end of the Polar Zone and isolated from humans.

Image by wikipedia

Antarctica – Lambert Glacier

Lambert along with Mellor and Fisher glaciers, which form the upper extension of the Lambert, the ice mass have been measured at 320 mi. long and over 40 mi. wide. “The Lambert drains into the massive Amery Ice Shelf at longitude 70 deg. E, almost due south of Bombay and approximately 1,400 mi. from the South Pole.”

Image by Wikipedia


  • vienyc

    What a relief! This global warming thing sure sounds like a hoax. We can continue polluting happily. I am so glad to read that being reckless with the environment does not have any negative affects on glaciers.

  • http://www.modernstill.com Pablo

    Great images.

    However, in the case of South America, Perito Moreno, while a very popular tourist location and a beautiful glacier, is actually a middling sized glacier (250 km²). Many nearby glaciers are significantly larger including Jorge Montt (Chile 464 km²), Upsala (Argentina 870 km²), Viedma (Argentina 1,000 km²), and even much further north Glaciers San Rafael and Quintin (Chile each 760 km²) as well as many more.

    The largest glacier in South America is Pío XI also know as Bruggen in Chile with a surface area of 1,265 km² (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brüggen_Glacier). You should probably correct your article accordingly.

    Cheers

  • devon

    that info was alot easyer than searching google

  • SJ Morrissey

    Siachen glacier is not the largest non-polar glacier, it is the second. Fedchenko glacier in Tajikistan is longer by seven kilometres.

  • Dan Polson

    Wow. Each section of this article has wrong information. I don’t even know where to start. Even the title is wrong.

  • Dennis

    “Siachen glacier is not the largest non-polar glacier, it is the second. Fedchenko glacier in Tajikistan is longer by seven kilometres.”

    They said “largest” not longest. Being the longest doesn’t necessarily mean the largest since width and depth also are variables to determine how large a glacier is