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Repeat photo of Grinnell Glacier (1910, 2016)
March 10, 2021

Repeat photo of Grinnell Glacier (1910, 2016)

Grinnell Glacier in 1910 (Elrod photo, U of M Collection) and 2016 (McKeon photo, USGS).  Retreat resulted in glacier fragmentation, so the 2016 scene shows both Grinnell Glacier, hugging the base of the cliff, and The Salamander Glacier, perched above, along the right edge of the photograph.

Shepard Glacier in 1913 and 2005
March 10, 2021

Shepard Glacier in 1913 and 2005

Shepard Glacier:  9/6/1913, WC Alden, USGS Photo Library – 8/21/2005, B. Reardon, USGS

Aerial analysis showed that by 1998 Shepard Glacier fell below the area cutoff of 0.1 km2, too small to be considered a

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Sperry Glacier in about 1930 and 2008
March 10, 2021

Sperry Glacier in about 1930 and 2008

Sperry Glacier: circa 1930, MJ Elrod, U of M Library – 9/17/2008, L McKeon, USGS 

Repeating this photo from the same photo point was impossible since the historic photo was shot from the elevated perspective of the glacier’s surface.

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Grinnell Glacier from 1938 and 2019
March 9, 2021

Grinnell Glacier from 1938 and 2019

Grinnell and The Salamander Glaciers from the summit of Mt. Gould: 1938, TJ Hileman, GNP Archives – 9/4/2019, L McKeon, USGS

Upper Grinnell Lake has formed as the glacier has retreated.  The change in height of Grinnell Glacier along the cliff face hints at  volume loss during this timespan. 

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Swiftcurrent Glacier in 1910 and 2016
March 9, 2021

Swiftcurrent Glacier in 1910 and 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier: circa 1910, M. Elod, GNP Archives - 9/27/2016, L McKeon, USGS

During the timespan between these photos, it is evident that Swiftcurrent Glacier has retreated and wildfire has consumed a patch of trees at the base of Swiftcurrent Mountain, the broad, beige slope in the background. 

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Logan and Red Eagle Glaciers in 1914 and 2009
March 9, 2021

Logan and Red Eagle Glaciers in 1914 and 2009

Logan and Red Eagle Glaciers: Aug. 1914, EC Stebinger, USGS Photo Library – 9/2/2009, L McKeon, USGS

These glaciers were once a continuous glacier, but became separate glaciers as retreat progressed.

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Jackson Glacier in 1912 and 2009
March 9, 2021

Jackson Glacier in 1912 and 2009

Jackson Glacier: 1912, MJ Elrod, U of M Library – 9/3/2009, L McKeon, USGS

Trees and vegetation continue to establish themselves at the base of Jackson Glacier as the glacier retreats.

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Avalanche debris on road
October 8, 2020

Avalanche debris on road

Avalanche debris covers a road in Glacier National Park at Red Rock point.

Alpine plant survey
July 20, 2020

Alpine plant survey

Three researchers on the summit of Dancing Lady Mountain set up tapes and grids to complete a Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments network (GLORIA) vegetation survey.

Avalanche along ridge
July 20, 2020

Avalanche along ridge

Aerial photo showing fracture line of avalanche along a snow ridge line.

Vegetation plot on Seward Mountain
July 20, 2020

Vegetation plot on Seward Mountain

Researchers evaluate vegetation during a Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine (GLORIA) alpine plant survey near the summit of Seward Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana.

USGS scientist Tabitha Graves collects western bumble bee samples in eastern Montana.
June 19, 2020

Collecting western bumble bee samples in eastern Montana

USGS scientist Tabitha Graves collects western bumble bee samples in eastern Montana.