Muir Glacier, Alaska , in 1941

Muir Glacier, Alaska , in 1941

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This image is part of the sequence environment: retreat of glacier Muir USA from 1941 to 2004
This image is part of the feature Glacier Retreat

Credit: WILLIAM O. FIELD, NSIDC, WDC/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Glacial retreat. Image 1 of 2. Muir Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, photographed in 1941. Glaciers are large, slow-moving expanses of ice, formed from compacted layers of snow. They are sensitive to climate change and in recent years most have retreated dramatically. See image E235/391 for the same glacier seen in 2004. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is a US body that supports research into snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground and climate interactions that make up the Earth's cryosphere. The World Data Center for Glaciology (WDC) in Boulder, USA, is responsible for archiving all available glaciological information.

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