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Glacier Monitoring Studies
South Cascade Glacier - 48N, 121W

The advance or retreat of mountain glaciers is a measure of climate change. Currently, glaciers around the world are shrinking rapidly in response to a warming climate. These images of South Cascade Glacier in Washington State, acquired in the fall of 2000 and 2006, shows the general retreat of the glacier terminus. Similarly, long-term sequential imagery of select glaciers around the world will / would provide accurate assessments of global glacier wastage, yielding better estimates of sea level rise and impacts on hydrologic systems.

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South Cascade Glacier August 28, 2000 and September 10, 2006
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South Cascade Glacier In a Changing Climate (.avi)
South Cascade Glacier Poster
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Bering Glacier - 60N, 143W

Bering Glacier is the largest and longest glacier in continental North America. In 1996, its size reached a late twentieth-century maximum. Since then, parts of Bering Glacier's terminus have retreated more than three miles and have thinned by more than 200 feet. These images below document the 1996-2005 retreat of Bering Glacier and show an example of the long-term monitoring required to accurately assess the state of the glacier.

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Bering Glacier September 1996 and May 2005
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Bering Glacier Poster
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