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15 November 2010

North Cascade Glacier Mass Balance 2010

A glacier has no memory of the past year when it comes to mass balance, unlike say the extent of sea ice, it is more like the extent of snowcover. This was emphasized by a comparison of glacier mass balance in the North Cascades from 2009 to 2010. Temperature sensitivity is also highest during the summer for a glacier and for snowcover in general. As the melt season begins the …

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