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January 8, 2011

White Glacier Retreat, Olympic Mts. Washington

White Glacier descends the Northwest flank of Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park in Washington. The glacier had a very large retreat from its Little Ice age maximum to 1952 of 3200 meters (Heusser, 1957). At that time it was joined with its more famous neighbor Blue Glacier, which is also retreating today. From 1958-1980 the glacier advanced a small distance, the 1950 based map of the area shows the …