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February 2, 2023
Burroughs Glacier, Alaska Down to Last 1%
Burroughs Glacier in 1986 and 2022 Landsat images. The red arrow marks the west margin and the yellow arrow the east margin in 1986. Yellow dots mark the outline of the glacier in 2022. Glacier area declined from 12.5 km² to 1.5 km² during this 36 year period. Burroughs Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska has been retreating without pause since 1892 when it was part of the Muir …
January 2, 2014
Burroughs Glacier, Alaska Demise Continues
Burroughs Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska has been retreating without pause for the last century. The glacier is unusual in that it no longer has any areas that are in an accumulation zone, where snow persists through the year. Without an accumulation zone a glacier cannot survive (Pelto, 2010). Mickelson (1971) summarizes the retreat of the glacier from 1890-1970 and the amazing glacial geology it was leaving behind. …