|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
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.
Glacier State Recreation Site is located in spectacular Thompson Pass,
28 miles north of Valdez
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:
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.
GOOGLE EARTH VIEWS BY OTHER
TRAVELERS, 25 YEARS LATER