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Massive Glacier Melt and Fresh Water are Pouring into the Gulf of Alaska

Boundary between coastal waters influenced by glacial weathering (light blue) and offshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska (darker blue). Ken Bruland photo.

Massive Glacier Melt and Fresh Water are Pouring into the Gulf of Alaska

The world is changing before our very eyes, yet most of us choose to ignore it. There has been a lot of horrible news lately regarding the rapid melting of the planets snow and ice. Irreversible melt in Antarctica, ice free arctic ocean in summer, and massive ice shelves that have held back Antarctica’s glaciers for tens of thousands of years are now cracking. In Alaska, land based melting glaciers are rapidly retreating under the pressure of their own weight and the forces of gravity.


Alaska’s southern coast glaciers that once terminated in the ocean, have now retreated far up Alaska’s valleys. A recent study shows that fresh water and glacial melt from these retreating glaciers are ‘pouring into the Gulf of Alaska accumulating more water than is seen in some of the world’s great rivers.’

The Oregon State study reports the tragic news.


This is one of the first studies to accurately document the amount of water being contributed by melting glaciers, which add about 57 cubic kilometers of water a year to the estimated 792 cubic kilometers produced by annual precipitation in this region. The combination of glacial melt and precipitation produce an amount of water that’s larger than many of the world’s great rivers, such as the Ganges, Nile, Volga, Niger, Columbia, Danube or Yellow River.

— Pakalolo, Daily Kos

Pakalolo ends his article with the following video of melting glaciers – it’s awesome, and sad.

Incredible footage of melting glaciers in Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland as part of the project Extreme Ice Survey. This project, founded in 2007 by James Balog, is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a ‘visual voice’ to the planet’s changing ecosystems

— Bavajose YouTube Channel

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • JoAnn it’s a scary picture for the environmentally sensitive. Conservation measures are nowhere near effectiveness. The refrain, “oh when will they ever learn, oh when will they ever learn”, of a highly acclaimed song keeps ringing in the mind with alarming intensity.

    • Very scary. I myself have no children, and just over the age of 60, I confess I am grateful (if things continue like this) that I may be personally spared from seeing the worst. But I still care about future generations, and our beautiful Earth. It seems incomprehensible that anyone (particularly those with power) do not take our climate crisis seriously.

    • People who are determined that climate change is exaggerated, or even a hoax, will not be convinced by reason or logic. They are emotionally attached to what they want to believe.

      But the masses of people who don’t know what to think – or have been afraid to think about climate crisis – are more open to reality and common sense. We need to keep trying to get the message to them.

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