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August 28, 2010

Bear Glacier, Kenai Alaska recedes, new lake formed

Bear Glacier in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska is a 25 km long outlet glacier of the Harding Icefield. When first mapped in 1909 it had a large piedmont lobe filling a basin and terminated 400 m from the edge of the forest, though it appeared the retreat had been quite recent within 25 years. By 1950 the glacier had retreated another 400 m. Austin Post observed in the 1960’s …