Yalik Glacier

Both of these photographs were taken from the same location in Nuka Passage, about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of the position of the 1909 terminus of the glacier. The first photograph by D.F. Higgins, is an August 6, 1909 view of the then retreating northern part of the terminus. The absence of any icebergs indicates that by 1909, the glacier was no longer tidewater. When photographed, Yalik Glacier had a gently sloping terminus with little elevation at its margin. It is impossible to determine if vegetation was present. (USGS Photo Library Photograph – Grant 235). The second photograph dates from August 8, 2004. In the 95 years between photographs, Yalik Glacier has thinned by more than 100 meters (328 feet) and retreated more than 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles). It is now fronted by an ice-marginal lake. The shoreline south of the glacier supports several varieties of grasses, shrubs, and trees. Note the vegetation on the mountain slopes. (USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia).

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Latitude: 59.52306
Longitude: -150.754
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