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Satellite Images Reveal Alaska Glacier’s Rapid Retreat

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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.