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9 December 2021

Swanson River Glaciers Retreat: Two Very Bad Summers in 2018 & 2019

Swanson River glaciers, British Columbia in Landsat images from 1984 and 2019. EM=East Meade Glacier, CG=Canning, red arrows=1984 terminus, yellow arrow=2019 terminus, purple dots=snowline. Points 1-8 are specific glacier locations with very limited to no retained snowcover. The Swanson River feeds into Tagish Lake in NW British Columbia. The watershed is host to dozens of glaciers. Here we exaine the retreat of the two largest glaciers in the watershed from …

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13 September 2021

Southeast Glacier #3, Devon Ice Cap, Canada Recent Retreat

Southeast #3 Glacier, Devon Ice Cap in July 9, 2016 and August 29, 2021 Sentinel 2 images of the lower 10 km  showing three supraglacial streams S1, S2 and S3 and the outlet plumes of each stream at Point 1-3. The yellow line is the 2016 margin. The southeast sector of the Devon Ice Cap, Devon Island, Nunavut has three tidewater outlet glaciers Southeast Glacier #1, #2 and #3.  Van …

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10 June 2021

Jacobsen Glacier, BC Separation Nearly Complete

Jacobsen Glacier in Landsat images from 1987 and 2019. Red arrow 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow 2019 terminus location and pink dots the snowline. Point A indciates ice marginal lake in 1987, Point C is the glacier junction, Point B an emerging rock rib and Point D a nunatak. Jacobsen Glacier is part of the Monarch Icefield of the Coastal Range of British Columbia. VanLooy and Forster (2008) noted that …

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13 May 2020

Frank Mackie Glacier, BC Retreat Forming Lake

Frank Mackie Glacier, British Columbia in Landsat images from 1987 and 2019.  Red arrow is the 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location and purple dots the snowline. Point 1-3 are specific locations where bedrock exposure has expanded. Frank Mackie Glacier is at the headwaters of the Bowser River which flows into Bowser Lake and the Nass River in NW British Columbia. The glacier has repeatedly advanced across …

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27 April 2020

Vern Ritchie-Battle Glacier, British Columbia Retreat, Lake Growth, Snowline Rise

Vern Ritchie (VR) and Battle Glacier (B) in 1987 and 2019 landsat images.  Three proglacial lakes have expanded at Points 2-5. WN=West Nunatak Glaier, Y=Yakutat Glacier N=Novatak Glacier, purple dots indicate snowline and green arrows indicate glacier flow direction. Vern Ritchie and Battle Glacier flow from the Alaska/Canada border of the St. Elias Mountains towards the Alsek River. In 1987 the two glaciers that share both an accumulation zone and …

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6 February 2020

Scott Glacier, Alberta Retreat 1987-2019

Scott Glacier, Alberta in 1987 and 2019 Landsat images. Yellow arrow indicates the 2019 terminus location and Point A and B are areas of bedrock expansion amidst the glacier. Scott Glacier is the largest outlet glacier of the Hooker Icefield the drains into the Whirpool River and then the Athabasca River.  The icefield straddles the BC/Alberta border. Jiskoot et al (2009) examined the behavior of the Clemenceau-Chaba Icefield, 25 km …

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22 August 2019

The Disappearance of Multiple Baffin Island Glaciers 2002-2019

Glaciers at Point A and B have melted completely away. The commemoration of a single disappearing glacier in Iceland, Okjokull has brought attention to what is quite a common event this decade, glacier disappearance. Here we report on a number of glaciers in the southern part of the Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island  that have either disappeared or separated into several parts  from 2002-2019. Way (2015) noted that on the next peninsula …

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25 July 2019

Porcupine Glacier Major Iceberg Turns 3 Years Old, What Next?

Porcupine Glacier in Landsat images from 2016 and 2018 and 2019 Sentinel Image.  Iceberg A and Ice tongue B are indicated on each. The haziness in 2019 is forest fire smoke. The yellow arrows mark the 2019 terminus location. Porcupine Glacier is a 20 km long outlet glacier of an icefield in the Hoodoo Mountains of Northern British Columbia that terminates in an expanding proglacial lake. During 2016 the glacier …

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7 July 2019

Penny Ice Cap NW Thinning and Retreat Evident

The Northwest (NW) and Northnorthwest (NNW) outlet of the Penny Ice Cap in 1991 and 2019 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates the 1991 terminus location. Point 1 is a large proglacial, Point 2-4 are areas of emerging and expanding bedrock amidst the ice cap. The two largest outlet glaciers of the NW quadrant of the Penny Ice Cap feed the Isurtuq River.  In 1991 both outlet glaciers terminated at 600 …

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1 July 2019

Fork Beard Glacier, Baffin Island High June 2019 Temperatures and Snowline

Fork Beard (F) and Nerutusoq Glacier (N) Baffin Island on June 1, 2019,  June 18, 2019 Sentinel images and June 30 Landsat image. Purple dots indicate the snowline.  Fork Beard Glacier (F) is an outlet glacier of a mountain glacier complex just southeast of Penny Ice Cap on Baffin Island.  Nerutusoq Glacier  (N) also drains from the same complex. Here we examine the rapid rise of the snowline from June …

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24 June 2019

Yelverton Glacier, Ellesmere Island Extensive Retreat and Sikussak loss 1999-2018

Yelverton Glacier (Y) and De Vries Glacier (D) in 1999 and 2018 Landsat images.  Red arrows and red dots indicate the 1999 terminus and yellow arrow the 2018 terminus.  Point M indicates the area of melange or sikussak, the boundary of this area is marked by orange dots. Purple dots mark the snowline. Yelverton Glacier is an outlet glacier from an ice cap on Northern Ellesmere Island. White and Copland …

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7 September 2018

Croker Bay Glacier, Nunavut Canada Poised for Further Retreat

Croker Bay Glacier, Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut in Landsat images from 1998 and 2017.  The red arrows indicate the 1998 terminus location, yellow arrows the 2017 terminus location.  The pink arrows indicate three inlet on the north glacier.  Croker Bay Glacier drains the southwest quadrant of the Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut.  A study by Van Wychen et al (2012) focused on velocity changes of the Devon ice Cap. They identify that Croker Bay …

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4 September 2018

Three New Islands Released from Devon Ice Cap, Canada

The northern coast of the Devon Ice Cap with Lady Ann Strait at the top in a 2000 and 2017 Landsat image indicating the development of islands at Cape Caledon, at yellow arrows. See map below.  The Devon Ice Cap on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic ice cap’s area has an area of 15,000 km², with a volume of 3980 km³. The ice cap has been the focus of …

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14 June 2018

Coutts Ice Cap, Baffin Island Fragmentation

Coutts Ice Cap in  Landsat images from 1986 and 2017.  The terminus location of the main glacier terminating in the large lake is indicated by dots.  Tributary Glaciers 1-6 represent locations where glaciers have separated or a glacier has retreated from a lake.  Coutts Ice Cap is on between Coutts Inlet to the west and Buchan Gulf to the east on the north shore of Baffin Island near its northeastern …

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6 October 2017

Klinaklini Glacier, British Columbia Retreat Generates Large Icebergs

Klinaklini Glacier comparison in Landsat images from 1987 and 2017.  Red arrow 1987 terminus, yellow arrow 2017 terminus and snowline at purple dots. Klinaklini Glacier is the largest glacier in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia between Vancouver and Prince Rupert.  The glaier drains west and south from Mt. Silverthrone.  There is significant accumulation area above 2500 m and the glacier terminates at 300 m.  GLIMS noted the area in …

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28 September 2017

Bishop Glacier Retreat, British Columbia Generates Substantial Alpine Lake

Bishop Glacier retreat in Landsat images from 1985 and 2017, 3000 m retreat. Red arrow is the 1985 terminus, yellow arrow is the 2017 terminus, purple dots is the snowline. B=Bishop, R=Ring, L=Lillooet. Bishop Glacier is a 10.5  km long western outlet glacier of the Lillooet Icefield in British Columbia. The glacier shares a divide with the eastern outlet Lillooet Glacier at 1750 m.  The glacier from 1985-2017 has ended …

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5 June 2017

Llewellyn Glacier, BC Proglacial Lake Merging From Retreat

Llewellyn Glacier comparison in 1984 Landsat and 2016 Sentinel images.  Red arrows the 1984 terminus locations for proglacial lakes A-D, yellow arrows the 2016 terminus locations for A and B. Point E was the peninsula separating proglacial lakes A and B, which are now joined due to glacier retreat.  The second largest glacier of the Juneau Icefield is the Llewellyn Glacier which is in British Columbia. The Juneau Icefield Research …

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11 May 2017

Borden Peninsula Ice Caps, Baffin Island Snowcover Where Art Thou

Borden Peninsula Ice Cap in 1997 and 2016 Landsat images.  Purple dots indicate the transient snowline.  Orange arrows indicate specific location of glacier thinning, retreat or area loss.  The Borden Peninsula is in the northeastern most section of Baffin Island.  Here we examine an ice cap that is on the edge of Lancaster Sound in Sirmilik National Park.  We use Landsat imagery from 1997 through 2016 to identify change.  This …

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14 April 2017

Swiftcurrent Glacier, British Columbia, Swiftly Retreating 1986-2015

Swifttcurrent Glacier Comparison from 1986 and 2015 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1986 terminus, yellow arrow 2015 terminus, purple arrow significant tributaries in 1986, and purple dots the snowline. Swiftcurrent Glacier drains the southeast side of Mount Longstaff 15 km NW of Mount Robson.  The glacier is near the headwaters of the Fraser River, and its retreat since 1986 has led to the formation of a new alpine lake. Here …

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12 April 2017

Beautiful British Columbia Land of Many Mountains & Dwindling Glaciers

  British Columbia is host to many mountain ranges; Purcell, Monashee, Bugaboo, Selkirk, Cariboo, Coat Range, Kootenay, Kwadacha are just some of the diverse mountain ranges  that host glaciers and span climate zone. A shared characteristic today regardless of climate zone or mountain range is dwindling glacier size and volume.  Bolch et al (2010) found that from 1985-2005 Alberta glaciers lost 25% of their area and BC glaciers 11% of …

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