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How many glaciers are in Alaska?

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Welcome to CoreFacts, where we're always short on time and big on science. I'm Jessica Robertson. Today's question takes us to Alaska.

How many glaciers are in Alaska?

Currently there is no certain answer. What we can tell you is that there are 616 officially named glaciers in Alaska, and many more unnamed glaciers. Also, the Alaska Almanac estimates that Alaska has approximately 100,000 glaciers. For information on the 616 officially named glaciers, visit the USGS Geographic Names Information System online data base at geonames.usgs.gov.

And now you know. Join us again every weekday for a new CoreFact. For other CoreFacts, or for CoreCast, our in-depth science podcast, go to usgs.gov/podcasts. If you'd like to have a question featured on our show, give us an email at corefacts@usgs.gov or a phone call at 703-648-5600. Remember, long distance fees do apply.

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