The Massa (German pronunciation: [ˈmasa]) is a seven kilometre long river in the eastern Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. It is mainly fed by the melt-water from the Aletsch Glacier.[1] It passes through the Massa Gorge and flows into the Stausee Gibidum reservoir and onwards to its confluence with the Rhône.

The Massa flows through a steep sided gorge. In the distance is the Aletsch Glacier, which sources the melt-water.
Physical characteristics
SourceAletsch Glacier
 • locationValais
 • coordinates46°26′32″N 8°04′38″E / 46.44222°N 8.07722°E / 46.44222; 8.07722
 • location
Bitsch, Valais
 • coordinates
46°19′47″N 8°00′46″E / 46.3298°N 8.0129°E / 46.3298; 8.0129
Length7 km (4.3 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionRhôneMediterranean Sea

The whole area, including other glaciers is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

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References edit

  1. ^ "Earth From Space: Aletsch Glacier, Swiss and Italian Alps". SpaceRef. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2021.