In Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park a 700-square mile icefield shrinks, while a popular glacier shows big one-year retreat

October 28, 2014 1:05 PM

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In Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park a 700-square mile icefield shrinks, while a popular glacier shows big one-year retreat

The huge Harding Icefield on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula shed some of its mass over the past year and Exit Glacier, which spills out of that 700-square mile icefield, retreated more than in any other single year since annual mapping of the terminus began in 2005, according to National Park Service data.

The measurements, taken by scientists working in Kenai Fjords National Park, are part of a long-term program to monitor changes in the park's glaciers and their mass.

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