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September 20, 2012
Mittie Glacier retreat, Ellesmere Island, Canada
The Manson Icefield is in southeast Ellesmere Island, Canada. This icefield has the highest concentration of surging glaciers in the Canadian Arctic Islands (Copland et al, 2003). The Mittie Glacier is the largest such glacier and drains north from the icefield into Smith Bay. Mittie Glacier was noted to be advanacing and surging in 1999-2000 by Copland et al (2003). This surge led to an advance of about 4 km …