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October 12, 2022

Brady Glacier Retreat Causes Ice Dammed Spur and Trick Lake Drawdown

Brady Glacier terminus region in September 28, 2022 Sentinel image. Red dots indicate the 2016 margin. Point A marks the new isthmus exposed by falling lake water level. Point B-D are the expanded drainage channels. Brady Glacier is a large Alaskan tidewater glacier in the Glacier Bay region that is beginning phase of substantial retreat that was forecast by Pelto et al (2013). The glacier has seven secondary termini in marginal …

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September 27, 2022

Tebenkof Glacier, Alaska Snowcover Loss Exposes Century of Annual Layers

Tebenkof Glacier in 2018 ESRI World Image with annual layers numbered. from near the divide to near the terminus. A couple of layers of layers buried near top of glacier by snowcover. This indicates 90-100 annual layers exposed at the surface as they emerge at the surface. Tebenkof Glacier is a land terminating glacier on the Kenai Peninsula just west of Blackstone Bay. WGMS (2021) documented the retreat rate from …

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August 21, 2022

Speel Glacier Retreats out of Alaska

Speel Glacier in 1984 and 2022 Landsat images illustrating lake expansion and detachment of tributaries A-C. Red arrow is 1984 terminus location and yellow arrow is 2022 terminus location. In 1984 I observed Speel Glacier while flying into Juneau, AK to work with the Juneau Icefield Research Program. Speel Glacier is south of the Taku Inlet and the Juneau Icefield draining west from a shared accumulation area with Wright Glacier. …

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July 6, 2022

Alsek Glacier, Alaska Releases its own Fireworks-Iceberg Discharge July 2022

Alsek Glacier, Alaska in a Sentinel Image from July 1, 2022 indicating an area of rapid recent calving, red dots. The northern tongue has accelerated in the last six year (NASA ITS_Live). Alsek Glacier descends from the Fairweather Range terminating in Alsek Lake on the coastal plain. The glacier terminated at Gateway Knob (G) near the outlet of Alsek River from Alsek Lake in the early part of the 20th …

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June 2, 2022

Grand Pacific Glacier Losing its Grand and Pacific Connection

Grand Pacific Glacier in 1984 and 1999 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates the front of the clean ice flow of the Grand Pacific that also marks its lateral boundary with Ferris Glacier.  B and C indicate locations where tributary tongues have been retreating from the main glacier. M is the Margerie Glacier. Grand Pacific Glacier in 2015 and 2021 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates the front of the clean ice …

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May 25, 2022

Lake Fork Knik River Headwater Glaciers, Alaska Retreat, Separation and Lake Expansion

Glaciers in the Lake Fork Knik River watershed  in 1986 and 2021 Landsat images. LG=Lake George Glacier and WO=Whiteout Glacier with the remainder unnamed, labelled here as W=West, NW=Northwest and SE=Southeast. Red arrows mark 1986 terminus locations and yellow dots the 2021 terminus locations. At the headwaters of the Lake Fork of the Knik River are a series of glaciers undergoing retreat and separation. The headwaters is dominated by the …

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April 26, 2022

East Twin Glacier Retreats from Twin Lake with Developing Icefield Disconnection

East Twin Glacier in Sentinel 2 images from 2017, 2019 and 2021. Point A marks the threshold, B the terminus contact with lake in 2017, Point 1 is the first ogive above the terminus. East Twin Glacier is a narrow valley outlet glacier from the Juneau Icefield.  The glacier descends from the icefield through an icefall at 975 m- 600 m that generate ogives at the icefall base. The extensive …

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November 14, 2021

Field Glacier, Alaska Retreat, Separation and Rapid Lake Development 1984-2021

Field Glacier on Aug. 31, 2021 in a Sentinel image. Note former glacier junctions A and B where the glacier has separated this century. The 7.5 km2 lake did not exist when I first visited this glacier. The Field Glacier flows from the northwest side of the Juneau Icefield, and is named for Alaskan glaciologist and American Geographical Society leader William O. Field. Bill along with his work around Glacier …

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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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