The longest temperate glacier in the Southern Hemisphere.
The South Island of New Zealand is unique for a temperate climate zone in that the glaciers here come almost to sea level.
There are approximately 178 separate glaciers in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The two main systems are the Tasman and the Godley.
Two million years of history
The Tasman Glacier’s story goes back 2 million years – to the Pleistocene ice ages. The glacier has advanced and retreated several times, leaving behind great moraine deposits, and carving out Lake Pukaki.
TASMAN GLACIER STATISTICS:
- 27 km long
- 600 metres deep (nearly 2000 ft) in the middle, and 200 metres deep at the nevé
- An average width of 1.6 km (a mile)
- Average daily surface motion 35-40 cm (over a foot)
- Annual snowfall depth at the nevé – up to 70 metres!
Info from http://skithetasman.co.nz