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Pasterzengletscher (Ledenik Pastirica)

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Pasterze Glacier (Pasterzengletscher) is situated on the north-east side of the Grossglockner (Veliki Klek, 3.798 m) which is the Austria's highest mountain. The effects of global warming are evident here as the glacier has lost ~150 m of elevation in a time period from the year 1960, where was the bottom station of the funicular railway (Gletscherbahn), which was originaly terminated at the glacier's surface, to the year 2008. The deposition zone (the terminal) of Pasterze Glacier is 4.200 m long and 670 m wide (situation august 2008, B.Burger - measured with GPS Garmin 60CSx), the middle part with the steepest slope is 1.120 m long and the accumulation part of the glacier is about 2.100 m long. Pasterze Glacier is with the lenght of about 7.4 km the longest glacier in Austria. Approach to the bottom of the deposition zone is possible with the funicular railway from the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2.369 m) and the further decent of 150 m by the foothpath. The Franz-Josefs-Höhe is situated nearby the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse, a highway, opened in the year 1935. This Alpine road is connecting Dölfach to the north with Heiligenblut village to the south. The name Pasterze is based on the original Slovenian toponym for the whole area: Pastirica ( pastureland, young sheperdess). Below the glacier are two small lakes (Sandersee, in Margaritzenstausee).

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