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June 16, 2022

Todd Icefield, British Columbia Retreat and Separation

Todd Icefield in 1987 and 2020 Landsat images illustrating retreat and separation. Red arrows indicate 1987 terminus location, Point A indicates location where the glacier has separated. Point B and C are locations of expanding bedrock high on the icefield. Point D is further glacier separation. Todd Icefield is an icefield 30 km northeast of Stewart BC at the head of Portland Canal, with Todd Glacier being the main outlet …

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June 9, 2022

Hayesbreen, Svalbard Retreat Generating Separation

Hayesbreen (HB), Heuglinbreen (HE) and Konigsbergbreen (KB) terminating in Mohnbutka (M) in 2002 and 2021 Landsat imagery. Retreat to Point E, and reduction in connection at Point B is evident and distance from Point A to the terminus.  Hayesbreen, Heuglinbreen and Konigsbergbreen merge forming a single tidewater front in Mohnbutka on the east coast of Svalbard. Here we examine the retreat of this glacier system and ongoing separation of Hayesbreen …

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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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May 15, 2022

Sollipulli Volcano Glacier Recession Snow Cover Deficit

Landsat images of Sollipulli from 1986 and 2022. Point A-D are locations where the glacier spilled out of the caldera in 1986, but no longer does so in 2022. Nevados de Sollipulli is a volcano, is in the central Andes of Chile near the border with Argentina in Parque Nacional Villarica, Chile. The 4 km wide summit caldera at ~2100 m is filled by a glacier. The volcano is dormant …

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May 5, 2022

Alpine Glacier Incompatibality with Heat Waves

Heat waves and glaciers don’t usually go together; however, in the last several years an increasing number of heat waves have affected alpine glacier regions around the world.  This is true from Arctic Canada to the Himalayas from the Andes to Alaska. Here we review a number of these heat waves from 2018-2022, that I have been involved with assessing and observing. In particular heat waves leave a greater portion …

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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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April 14, 2022

Hornopirén Glaciers, Chile continue a Spectacular Retreat 1985-2022

Rio Blanco Glaciers in Hornopirén Naitonal Park, Chile in Landsat 5 and 9 images from 1985 and 2022. Red arrows indicate 1985 terminus position, yellow arrows 2022 terminus position. Point A is an emerging bedrock nunatak and Point B is where tributary separation has occurred. Hornopirén National Park is in the Los Lagos region of Chile.  The park is host to a number of glaciers that are in rapid retreat.  Davies and …

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April 7, 2022

Novosilski Glacier, South Georgia Retreat Causes Separation

Novosilski Glacier in Landsat images from 2020 and 2022. Note the retreat near Point A in particular. The terminus that extended from Point B-C developed an embayment reaching Point A. Novosilski Glacier is a large tidewater outlet glacier on the west (cloudier) coast of South Georgia terminating in Novosilski Bay It shares a divide with the rapidly retreating Ross and Hindle Glacier on the east coast.  Gordon et al. (2008) observed that larger …

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April 1, 2022

Central Andean Glaciers Laid Bare for Last Half of Summer 2022

Volcan Overo in Sentinel image continues to fragment with no retained snowcover this summer, and bedrock expansion at Point A. For an alpine glacier to survive it must remain mostly snowcovered throughout the year, even at the end of the summer. This is one reason for the majesty of glaciated mountains, they shine brightly even in summer.  This year in the Central Andes of Argentina and Chile I have chronicled …

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