Konkordiaplatz

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Looking down on the Konkordiaplatz from the Jungfraujoch; the Aletsch Glacier turns to the right in the distance. Peaks of the Valais Alps on the horizon.

The Konkordiaplatz is a large flat area of snow and ice lying just to the south of the Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. Its notable feature is that it is the junction of four different glaciers coming down from the surrounding mountains. The Aletsch Glacier originates from Konkordiaplatz.

The snow and ice of Konkordiaplatz is about 800-900 m deep.

The name might be a subtle joke; it is equivalent to the name of the Paris Place de la Concorde, the implication being that the Swiss idea of a city square is covered with snow and at high altitude.

Some glaciologists use "konkordiaplatz" to mean any place where two or more glaciers meet. The Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram has one of these.

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