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The Höllentalferner is a glacier in the western Wetterstein Mountains. It is a cirque glacier that covers the upper part of the Höllental valley and its location in a rocky bowl between the Riffelwandspitzen and Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, means that it is well-protected from direct sunshine.
With an area of 24.7 hectares it is almost as big as the nearby Northern Schneeferner, the largest glacier in Germany. It is about 1 kilometre long and up to 700 metres wide. It is the only German glacier with a proper glacial tongue. In spite of its relatively low elevation of just 2,570 m to 2,200 m, the glacier is not in acute danger because it is located in a deeply hollowed bowl and is fed by avalanche snow and is therefore less badly affected by global warming.


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