WORTHINGTON GLACIER - 1984
Located in the Chugach Mountains near Thompson Pass—the snowiest place in Alaska—Worthington Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska,
passing within a few feet of the parking lot and viewing shelter right off the Richardson Highway.


Vern and his companion could not pass up this site. They explored it with great happiness.

Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is located in spectacular Thompson Pass, 28 miles north of Valdez

Like most of Alaska’s glaciers, this valley glacier has been steadily retreating for the last 150 years, but not as dramatically as many others. The upper basin sits at 5,500 feet and collects about 28 feet of snow each year. The glacier is named for the transit man of an 1899 survey party mapping an ice-free corridor to Alaska’s interior who survived being swept away in a glacial stream.  From: ALASKA GEOGRAPHY



The image - right - is linked to a file that records
the flow of the glacier. Observations were made
by repeatedly measuring the long-axis
geometry of 31 closely spaced boreholes.

Vern took close up photos on the left and right edges of the ice flow.
 

I'm sorry - but Vern just had to get in the picture.





THE TRAIL OF A GLACIER IS REALLY NOT TOO CLEAN  -  BUT IT HAS A BEAUTIFUL BLUE GLOW INSIDE.




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