Glacial River Changes Direction

Posted by on Monday, April 17, 2017

In an event that has never been documented in our history a glacier has retreated so much that its meltwater switched direction.

The Kaskawulsh Glacier is a vast, temperate valley glacier nestled in the St. Elias Mountains, within Kluane National Park in Yukon.

The glacier covers more than 25,000 km2 of the surrounding landscape.

Now due to climate change the glacier’s meltwater no longer flows into the Slims River and then to the Bering Sea, but rather, flows south toward the Kaskawulsh River, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists say that as the water level at Kluane Lake continues to drop, this will become an isolated lake cut off from any outflow.

The Team

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