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July 21, 2021

Tulsequah Glacier, BC 2021 Glacier Lake Outburst Flood

  Landsat images of Tulsequah Glacier on June 22 and July 5, 2021.  Lake No Lake is between the yellow arrows with the margin of glacier extending upvally on June 22nd. By July it has receded back to main valley and lake has largely drained. The former location of Tulsequah glacier dammed lake is at red arrow. Tulsequah Glacier, British Columbia drains east from the Juneau Icefield and is best …

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July 15, 2021

Sheridan Glacier, Alaska Retreat Causes Rapid Lake Expansion

Sheridan Glacier in 2002 and 2020 Landsat images illustrating retreat of the margin and expansion of the lake. Red arrow is 2002 margin on small island, yellow arrow is 2020 terminus location just north of Sherman Glacier stream and purple dots are the snowline. Sheridan Glacier in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska begins at 1500 m and flow southwest out of the mountains with the terminus spreading out in a  …

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June 17, 2021

Dawes Glacier, Alaska Retreat Driven Separation

Dawes Glacier retreat in 1985 and 2020 Landsat images. Red arrow 1985 terminus, yellow arrow 2020 terminus. Point 1-3 are tributaries joining the main glacier. The glacier is about to separate into two calving termini. Dawes Glacier terminates at the head of Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness of southeast Alaska. Endicott Arm is a fjord that has been extending with glacier retreat, and is now  58 km …

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May 31, 2021

Valdez Glacier, Alaska Significant Calving Retreat in 2020

Valdez Glacier terminus in Sentinel images from 6-27-2020, 8-21-2020 and 5-23-2021. In June the glacier’s terminus area is poised to collapse with extensive rifting and marginal proglacial lakes along the east and west margins. In July the terminus breaks up and in August the lake is filled by a flotilla of icebergs.  The May image indicates the icebergs are still present.   Valdez Glacier is an outlet glacier from the Chugach …

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April 21, 2021

Geikie Glacier, Alaska Lofty No More

  Geikie Glacier (G) in 1986 and 2018 Landsat images. Pink arrow is the 1954 terminus, red arrow the 1986 terminus and yellow arrow the 2018 terminus location. GI is Geikie Inlet which the glacier withdrew from 110 years ago. Geikie Glacier is on the west side of Glacier Bay, Alaska. John Muir in October 1879 observed Geikie Glacier in Geikie Inlet, which had separated from Muir Glacier within the …

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March 2, 2021

Nellie Juan Glacier Loses Contact with Contact Glacier, Alaska

Nellie Juan Glacier (NJ) and Contact Glacier (C) in 1986 and 2020 Landsat images. Red arrow is the 1986 terminus location of both glaciers. Yellow arrow marks the terminus location in 2020 after glacier separation and purple dots mark the upper limit of Contact glacier at that time. Nellie Juan Glacier is a tidewater outlet glacier of the Sargent Icefield, Alaska. Just after 1935 the glacier retreated from moraine shoal …

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January 6, 2021

Is Harlequin Lake, Alaska the fastest Growing Glacier Lake in North America this Century?

Yakutat Glacier, Alaska in 1999 and 2020 Landsat image illustrating expansion of Harlequin Lake by 40.5 km². Yellow line is the 1999 margin, orange line is the 2020 margin, and yellow dots indicate the margin of the lake shoreline. Point A indicates the 1987 terminus location, Point X and Y the 1999 terminus location. Main terminus now extends south near Point C. Northern terminus extends west from Point B. Yakutat …

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September 23, 2020

Ellsworth Glacier, Alaska Calves Major Iceberg in 2020

Ellsworth Glacier in Landsat images from 2018, 2019 and 2020. Red arrow is the 2016 terminus location, yellow arrow is the 2020 termins location, pink arrow is the rift, purple dots is the snowline, iceberg is Point A. Glacier retreated 2.4 km, main iceberg 1 km2 Ellsworth Glacier is a valley glacier draining south from Sargent Icefield on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Along with the Excelsior Glacier it has been the longest …

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July 17, 2020

Oscar Lake Expansion Carves Away at Brady Glacier, Alaska

Oscar Lake growth on the east margin of Brady Glacier in Landsat images from 2000-2020. Point A indicates glacier tongue that becomes iceberg. Blue arrows indicate flow direction. Brady Glacier,  is a large Alaskan tidewater glacier, in the Glacier Bay region that is beginning a period of substantial retreat Pelto et al (2013).   The glacier has a number of expanding lakes that are expanding as the secondary termini feeding them retreat. …

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March 23, 2020

Yalik Glacier, Alaska Retreat and Lake Expansion 1986-2019

Yalik Glacier (Y) in 1986 and 2019 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1986 terminus location and yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location. Petrof Glacier (P) is the western neighbor. Yalik Glacier drains an icefield on the Kenai Peninsula, glaciers draining east are in the  Kenai Fjords National Park, which has a monitoring program.  From 1950-2005 all 27 glaciers in the Kenai Icefield region examined  retreated (Giffen et al 2014).  Yalik Glacier …

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