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Alaskan glacier advancing 10 feet per day

Largest tidewater glacier in North America

Could block entrance to Russell Fjord
 

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Hubbard Glacier north of Yakutat crept to within 100 yards of Gilbert Point in June of 2007. George Kalli of the US Army Corp of Engineers took this photo in May 2007.
 
 
7 Jun 11 - "Haven't heard any news about the largest tidewater glacier in North America this year," says reader Phil Peterson. "I was able to check after not being able to access the site for many months."

"Three months ago Hubbard glacier was about 410 meters away from Gilbert point, says Peterson. "It is now about 120 meters away from blocking the entrance to Russell Fjord."

You won't hear this in the main stream media. (a large advancing glacier)

Thanks for your website and all the info you provide! You are doing a
great service for the country.

Phil Peterson
Chalfont, PA


Confirmed:
Largest tidewater glacier in North America
advancing 10 feet per day

After I received this email from Phil, I decided to check it out.

Phil is absolutely correct. The largest tidewater glacier in North America is advancing 10 feet (3.1 meters) per day - and not a peep from the main-stream media.

Three months ago Hubbard glacier was about 410 meters away from Gilbert point. It is now about 120 meters away - the length for a football field - from blocking the entrance to Russell Fjord.

And it has been advancing for a long time.
 

              Chart from US Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab - http://glacierresearch.org/
              The measuring instruments are not at the very edge of Gilbert Point. Therefore, when the
              glacier reaches the red line on the chart, that's when it will close Russell Fjord.


According to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and advancing since scientists first measured it in 1895.

It has also dammed Russell Fjord before.

"After the glacier dammed the fiord in 1986, the new Russell Lake rose 83 feet above sea level before the ice-and-gravel dam broke," says science writer Ned Rozell.

It damned it again in 2002.

In 2002, Russell Lake reached 49 feet above sea level before the dam burst and the water rejoined the ocean with a flood 30 percent greater than the largest measured flow of the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, says Rozell.

In the photo at right, a narrow trickle of water flows from the channel between Hubbard Glacier (on left) and  the base of Gilbert Point (right). Disenchantment Bay is in the foreground.

US Forest Service photo, 2002


Could create a huge glacial lake

"'When' and 'if' the Hubbard Glacier eventually closes the Russell Fjord, the fjord will fill with fresh water, becoming a 30-mile-long lake creating a new 40,000-cubic-feet-per-second river system," says climatologist Cliff Harris. "This will have an extremely 'negative' economic impact on Yakutat and the surrounding regions."
 

   This map, which shows Russell Fjord, gives an indication
   of just how large Russell Lake would be. 
 
http://ak.water.usgs.gov/glaciology/hubbard/maps/index.htm


This would be like a modern-day Glacial Lake Missoula, but on a smaller scale.

According to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the new Russell Lake would overtop at about 132 feet, whereas Glacial Lake Missoula filled to a depth of about 1100 feet and contained as much water as Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined.

So let me say it again.

The largest tidewater glacier in North America is advancing 10 feet (3.1 meters) per day.

At that rate it could close Russell Fjord this summer.

And not a peep from the main-stream media.

                                                    

To check the rates of advance for yourself, go to: http://glacierresearch.org/

Go to: real time data, Hubbard Glacier, monitoring data, - in the window for 'Number of Days' type 90. Reload the chart and check out the advance rate since March 5th.!!!

 

See Cliff Harris's and Randy Mann's website: www.LongRangeWeather.com

 
 



 

 



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