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New Glacier

A new glacier documented in the Shublik Mountains; Photo courtesy of Caltopo

A wilderness guide, Zachary Sheldon, came across a glacier in the Shublik Mountains in northern Alaska. Just thirty miles from the Arctic Coast and ten miles northeast of Alaska’s Brooks Range, it is the northernmost glacier in the United States.

Glaciers this far north are much different than glaciers on our southern coast. There isn’t much snow accumulating this far north, and the elevation of this glacier isn’t as high as others, as it sits at 4500 feet.

Like 99% of glaciers in Alaska, this newly discovered one is not growing in size.


Meanwhile, north of the Brooks Range…

UAF’s Toolik Field Station