Rapid retreat of Chile glacier captured in images

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) ? Researchers in Chile have released a series of time-lapse photos showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia.

Chilean scientist Andres Rivera says the Jorge Montt Glacier is shrinking faster than any other in Chile. Its snout retreated 1 kilometer (more than half a mile) between February 2010 and January 2011.

Rivera says global warming is a factor, and the Montt Glacier also is melting especially quickly because it partly rests in the waters of a growing fjord.

The glacier is located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Researchers presented a video on Wednesday showing the glacier’s yearlong retreat through a total of 1,445 time-lapse photos.