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This is my second posting of Mendenhall Glacier. I have walked a little closer towards the face of the glacier from where I stood to take the first wide angle image.

Mendenhall Glacier is just 19kms from Alaska's capital Juneau and can be easily accessed by public transport. Currently it is 19 kms long and 2.5 kms wide. Before 1750 the Mendenhall Glacier was advancing and its face was 4kms down the valley from its present position. Since then, due to slightly warmer temperatures, the glacier began receding. Land buried under ice for centuries is now being exposed. The ice is flowing forward at an average rate of 60cms per day, but at the very same time, it wastes away through melting and calving at a slightly faster rate.

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Additional Photos by Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 859 W: 98 N: 1396] (8626)
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