This photo pair shows the Gilkey Glacier (main glacier in the valley) in southeast Alaska. It’s hard to get a sense of the enormity of this scene. The distance from the photo location to where the glacier curves around the corner to the left is ~10 km. The amount of thinning of the glacier surface […]» Continue reading "Gilkey Glacier, AK – 30 Years of Thinning"
By Matt Beedle The longest continuous record of annual length change for a North America glacier now stands at 55 years (1959-2013). In 2013 Castle Creek Glacier retreated 26.3 meters, the fifth largest annual measurement since 1959. Total 1959-2013 retreat now stands at 803 m, with an average annual rate of 14.6 m. Annual length […]» Continue reading "Castle Creek Glacier – 55 Years of Retreat"
By Matt Beedle In 1939, Raymond Zillmer and Lorin Tiefenthaler ventured into the Canoe River basin to fill voids and correct mistakes in the early maps of this rugged part of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. The high-mountain sources of the Canoe River had been viewed from afar, but not yet explored in any […]» Continue reading "2013 Field Research Teaser: Zillmer Glacier, BC"
By Matt Beedle Repeat photography tells a story. Traditionally, the story that is often told is one of landscape change. In the case of glaciers, the common story is one of melting and retreat. While this story is captivating to me – particularly in regard to the amazing dynamism of glaciers (they’re alive!) – I’m […]» Continue reading "35 Years at Bear Glacier, BC"
By Matt Beedle [NOTE: A revised version of this post appeared on the JIRP blog.] In August and September of 1941, a team that included William O. Field, Jr. and Maynard M. Miller (amongst others) studied the glacier termini of Glacier Bay and the inlets and fjords near Juneau, Alaska (Field, 1942). Field and Miller […]» Continue reading "Glacier Research History: The Beginnings of the Juneau Icefield Research Program"