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November 4, 2021

Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China 2021 Snow Line Positions Lake Expansion

Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China retreat and proglacial expansion in 1993 and 2021 Landsat images. Red arrow is the 1993 terminus, yellow arrow the 2021 terminus and yellow dots are the snowline. Drogpa Nagtsang Glacier, China is 30 km west of Mount Everest terminating in an expanding proglacial lake. The glacier begins on the Nepal border at 6400 m, and its meltwater enters the Tamakoshi River that supplies the Upper Tamakoshi …

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October 22, 2021

From Shasta, CA to Adams to Baker, WA to Kokanee, BC to Banff, AB High Glacier Mass Loss in 2021

Easton Glacier on Mount Baker in late August 2021, with less than 20% of the glacier retaining snowpack. The exceptional heat of the summer of 2021 across glaciated mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest, reduced snowcover extent from Mount Shasta, CA north to Mount Adams and Mount Baker, WA and east to Glacier National Park, MT,  Kokanee Glacier, BC and Bonnet Glacier, Alberta.  Here we examine late summer images to illustrate the extent …

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October 12, 2021

Sholes Glacier, WA and a Cascade of Ologies

Watercolor painting of Sholes Glacier. The small figure is at the current terminus of the glacier, and the photo that inspired this painting was taken from where the glacier used to end about 35 years prior. By Jill Pelto Sholes Glacier is on the northeast flank of Mount Baker, WA.  We have spent the last 32 years completing detailed measurments on this glacier that has revealed a story of glacier …

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September 28, 2021

Kokanee Glacier 2021: slash and burn

By Ben Pelto, PhD, UBC Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Research Fellow Since 2013 I have been working on the Kokanee Glacier. Located just outside of Nelson in southeastern British Columbia (BC), the Kokanee Glacier is due north of the Washington-Idaho border. This work began as part of a five-year study of the cryosphere in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River. This project was carried out by the Canadian Columbia River …

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April 13, 2021

Benito Glacier, Chile 2021 Calving Event Drives Further Retreat

  Benito Glacier in 2000 and 2021 Landsat images. Locations 1-6 are current or former distributary terminus locations. Red arrow is the 2000 terminus location and yellow arrow the 2021 terminus location.  A small cloud is obscuring an iceberg near terminus.  Purple dots are the snowline. Benito Glacier is a temperate outlet glacier on the west side of the North Patagonian Icefield terminating in an expanding lake. The glacier is …

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August 27, 2020

Hochstetter Ice Cap Loses All Snowcover in 2020, Franz Josef Land

Landsat images from 1999, 2015 and 2020 of Hochstetter ice Cap.  Snowcover=100% in 1999, 80% in 2015 and 0% in 2020. Hochstetter Ice Cap covers most of Hocstetter Island (Ostrov Khokhshtettera) in the the southern part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.  Situated ~1000 km from the North Pole this area is known for its white ice caps and cold summer temperature averaging 2 C.  The lack of sea ice …

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August 17, 2019

Alpine Glaciers-BAMS State of Climate 2018

Figure 1. Global Alpine glacier annual mass balance record of reference glaciers submitted to the World Glacier Monitoring Service, with a minimum of 30 reporting glaciers. For the last decade I have written the section on Alpine Glaciers for the BAMS State of the Climate report, the 2018 report was published this week, below is the section on alpine glaciers.  The key data resources is  the World Glacier Monitoring Service …

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June 10, 2019

Asejiaguo Glacier, China Retreat and Lake Expansion

Asejiaguo Glacier in Landsat images from 1993 and 2018.  The yellow arrow indicates the 2018 terminus and the red arrow the 1993 terminus location.  Point 1 and 2 are areas of expanding bedrock in the 5400-5600 m. Asejiaguo Glacier drains east from the China-Nepal Border and is at the headwaters of the Yarlung Tsangpo, which becomes the Brahmaputra River.  The Yarlung Tsangpo powers the 510 MW Zangmu Hydropower Station.  Gardelle …

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March 18, 2019

Soranano Glacier, Peru Separation and Retreat 1995-2018

Western Soranano (WS) and Eastern Soranano Glacier (ES) in 1995 and 2000 Landsat images and 2018 Sentinel image, with red arrows indicating the terminus in 1995, and yellow arrows the 2018 terminus.  Here we examine the west and east Soranano Glacier glacier descending south from the 5800 m summit of Jatunnano (Hatun Nana Punta). The glaciers are just east of Laguna Sibinacocha, which drains into the Rio Vilcanota.  Retreat of …

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May 24, 2018

Suhai Hu Ice Cap, China Outlet Glacier Retreat

Suhai Hu, Quilian Mountains Ice Cap in 1999 and 2016 Landsat image indicating five different outlet glacier termini that all ended in proglacial lakes in 1999 and all retreated significantly by 2016.  Here we examine an unnamed icecap that I refer to as the “Suhai Hu” Ice Cap and five of its largest outlet glaciers in the Qilian Mountains in northwest China, with Landsat imagery from 1999-2016.  The northern outlet …

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