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Glacial Lake 1999

Here is a photograph of the Salmon Glacier which is located in the northwest corner of British Columbia. It is the fifth largest glacier in Canada.

It was taken from the Summit Viewpoint looking towards the toe of the glacier. Of interest is the glacial lake at the toe. This lake was formed when the drainage routes were blocked as basins open up between retreating glaciers and the abandoned terminal moraines. These lakes are unstable and are subject to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). These occur when the terminal moraines or the ice that is damming the lake at the toe of the glacier fails. GLOFs are occurring at a higher rate in recent decades. The floods can be devastating. Fortunately, in North America, most glacial lakes are located in uninhabited regions high in the mountains. This is not the case in Asia and India.

This photograph was taken in July 1999. My plan is to return to the Salmon Glacier in July 2019.

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globalgadabout21-Aug-2019 23:51
so this was the destination on your latest trip....interested to see the current state of the glacier..
Don Mottershead13-Jan-2019 20:55
Very nice photo, but the prospect of the upcoming image triggers sobering thoughts.
janescottcumming11-Jan-2019 21:17
I'm afraid it is going to look a lot different this July when you return. Looking forward to seeing that image. This one is a beautiful photo! V
Walter Otto Koenig05-Jan-2019 19:31
A great view. I look forward to seeing your image in July. "V"
Neil Marcus05-Jan-2019 16:15
An interesting history. Going back 20 years later I presume that you are as spry as you were 20 years ago. Go for it, Buz
joseantonio05-Jan-2019 06:12
amazing scenery.,Thank you for sharing.V.
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