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September 30, 2014

Whitney Glacier Retreat and Thinning, Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta is a stratovolcano home to the largest glaciers in California. Of the seven glaciers on the mountain Whitney Glacier on the north side is the longest. The last two years 2013 and 2014 have seen hot dry summers separated by a dry winter in 2013/14, see below, how are the glaciers responding? In 1981 USGS (Driedger and Kennard, 1986) mapped the area and volume of several of the …