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The Corbassière Glacier
(Glacier de Corbassière
in french) is a valley glacier
A glacier is a large persistent body of ice that forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation over many years, often centuries. At least 0.1 km² in area and 50 m thick, but often much larger, a glacier slowly deforms and flows due to stresses induced by its weight...
in the Grand Combin
The Grand Combin is a mountain in the western Pennine Alps in Switzerland. With its high summit it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and the second most prominent of its range...
massif in the Pennine Alps
The Pennine Alps are a mountain range in the western part of the Alps. They are located in Switzerland and Italy...
in southwestern Valais
The Valais is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland in the southwestern part of the country, around the valley of the Rhône from its headwaters to Lake Geneva, separating the Pennine Alps from the Bernese Alps. The canton is one of the drier parts of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley...
. It is 9.8 km (6.1 mi) long with an average width of slightly more than 1 km (0.621372736649807 mi) and covers an area of 17.4 km² (6.7 sq mi).
The origin of Corbassière Glacier is on the northern slope of the Grand Combin at over 4000 m (13,123.4 ft) above sea level. The glacier tongue currently ends at around 2300 m (7,545.9 ft) above sea level.
On the right side of the lower section of the glacier, the Cabane François-Xavier Bagnoud (2645 m above sea level) belonging to the Swiss Alpine Club
The Swiss Alpine Club is the largest mountaineering club in Switzerland. It was founded in 1863 in Olten and it is now composed of 111 sections with 110,000 members...
is a starting point for ascents and glacier tours in the Grand Combin massif.