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Title: Columbia Glacier Terminus
Description: View of Columbia Glacier's terminus as it enters the waters of Prince William Sound. Columbia Glacier is one of Alaska's many tidewater glaciers, and it has been the focus of numerous studies due to its unusually high rate of retreat. The glacier has retreated nearly 20 km (12.43 mi) since 1980. In fact, it has receded so quickly that parts of it began floating in 2007, contrary to how most tidewater glaciers behave. In this picture, taken after the glacier developed its floating sections, the terminus is 5 km (3.12 mi) wide and between 20 and 70 m (65.6-229.7 ft) tall.
Location: Prince William Sound, AK, USA
Date Taken: Jun 20 2008
Photographer: Shad O'Neel , USGS
Usage: This image is public domain/of free use unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the USGS Copyright section for how to credit the photo.
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