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March 9, 2020

Acodado Glacier, Chile Retreat Yields Tripling in Lake Area 1987-2020

Acodado Glacier retreat and lake expansion observed in 1987 and 2020 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1987 terminus locations, orange arrows the 2015 terminus and yellow arrows the 2020 terminus location.   Loriaux and Casassa (2013) examined the expansion of lakes of the Northern Patagonia Ice Cap (NPI). From 1945 to 2011 lake area expanded 65%, 66 km2. Rio Acodado has two large glacier termini at its headwater, HPN2 and …

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February 29, 2020

Ålfotbreen, Norway Mass Balance Large Loss in 2019

Ålfotbreen (A) in August 2003 and 2019 Landsat images.  The yellow line marks the divide between Ålfotbreen and Hansebreen (H). Pink dots indicate the 2003 margin.  There is no retained snowpack in 2003.  In 2019 there are two small patches near the divide  on Aug. 26 that melt away by the end of the summer. The Ålfotbreen Ice Cap , Norway (61°45’N, 5°40’E; area=17 km2) is the westernmost and most …

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February 19, 2020

Boydell Glacier Accumulation Zone Rapid Melt Feature Development February 2020

Boydell Glacier terminates at the island adjacent to Point A.  The accumulation zone between Point A, B and C is on January 12, 2020 has limited gray area indicating bare firn.  By Feb. 13 there is considerable cobalt blue snow/firn areas saturated with melt water. The yellow dots mark the margin of the ice sheet and pink dots the margin of the ablation zone on Feb. 13, 2020.  The Boydell …

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February 17, 2020

Record Antarctic Temperatures in Feb. 2020 Impact on Eagle Island Ice Cap

Eagle Island Ice Cap, Antarctica in Landsat images from Feb. 4, 2020 and Feb. 13, 2020.  Point E indicates an are area of snow/firn that is saturated with meltwater. Point A and B indicate locations where the amount of bare rock/ground and hence albedo have changed dramatically. This post was source for an article by Kasha Patel published by NASA Earth Observatory, CNN and Washington Post. The impact of period …

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February 11, 2020

Eyrie Bay, Antarctic Peninsula Retreat 2000-2020

From REMA Landsat images from Feb. 2016 and Oct. 2019 indicating the front of the Cugnot Ice Piedmont (CP)  and Broad Valley (BV) ice fronts in Eyrie Bay.  Point A, B, and C indicate specific bedrock knobs near the ice front.  Point D is just south of a side glacier entering the bay. Eyrie Bay is near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and is rimmed by tidewater glaciers including …

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February 6, 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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January 27, 2020

Reqiang and Jicongpu Glacier Retreat, Lake Expansion and Moraine Stability Increase

Reqiang Glacier (R) and Jicongpu Glacier (J) in 1993 and 2019 Landsat images.  M=Moraine, red arrow is the 1993 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location and purple dots the snowline. Requiang Glacier, Tibet is just east of Shishapangma Mountain one of planets 14 peaks that exceed 8000 m and terminates in the rapidly expanding proglacial lake Gangxico at 5200 m. Jicongpu Glacier drains south from Shishapangma terminating in …

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January 22, 2020

Exploradores Glacier Lake Development, Chile

Exploradores Glacier  (EX) in 1987 Landsat and 2020 Sentinel image.  Points A-E are consistent locations discussed.  B=Bayo Glacier. Exploradores Glacier is an outlet glacier at the northwest corner fo the Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI).  Glasser et al (2016) note the recent 100 m rise in snowline elevations for the NPI, which along with landslide transport explains the large increase in debris cover since 1987 on NPI from 168 km2 to …

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January 12, 2020

Fiero Glacier, Chile Retreat Lago Fiero Expansion

Fiero Glacier in 1987 Landsat and 2020 Sentinel images.  Red arrow indicates 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow 2020 terminus lcoation, and purple dots the snowline. Point A,B and C represent locations where bedrock has expanded. Fiero Glacier is an outlet glacier draining the northeast quadrant of the Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI) terminating in Lago Fiero. Loriaux and Casassa (2013) examined the expansion of lakes of the Northern Patagonia Ice Cap. …

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January 6, 2020

Sona and Meola Glacier Retreat Dhauliganga Basin, India

Sona Glacier (SG) and Meola Glacier (MG) in 1993 and 2019 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates 1993 terminus location of Sona Glacier and Yellow arrow the 2019 terminus location.  The orange arrow marks the 1993 downglacier limit of clean ice, below is debris covered ice.  Point A marks a small expanding rock outcrop amidst glacier. Point B marks north lateral moraine exposure of Meola Glacier. The Dhauliganga River is in …

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