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Satellite Images Reveal Alaska Glacier’s Rapid Retreat


August 21, 2014

Satellite Images Reveal Glacier’s Rapid Retreat

Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in the world. It is the primary outlet for the 810-square-kilometer (310-square-mile) Yakutat Ice Field, which drains into Harlequin Lake and, ultimately, the Gulf of Alaska. Comparing satellite images from 1987 and 2013 show how quickly Yakutat is melting away.