The surface of the 12 Apostoli mountain glacier exposed to NW covers 0.04 km2 according to 2011 surveys . The name of this circus glacier, “Twelve Apostles” derives from the twelve small rocky formations, similar to figures in prayer, located on the nearby homonymous pass.
The 12 Apostoli Glacier is located in the Brenta Dolomites Group. According to the New Italian Glacier Inventory published in 2015, based on the data collected in 2011, there are 20 small glaciers that extend over a total area of 0.86 km2. These are the glaciers that, like the glacier of the 12 Apostles, have been more influenced by the effects of climate change. In fact they recorded the greatest contraction (up to a – 73%). Today, after almost a decade since the last official surveys, the situation has certainly changed. Some of the glaciers have disappeared or are running out.