Not is it only growing, it is advancing!
The prosaically-named Crater Glacier is growing at a time when most glaciers around the globe are in rapid retreat, writes Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton.
(I totally disagree with the second half of that statement. In fact, more than 90% of the world’s glaciers are actually growing. Please see end of this post.)
Few people realize that the hollowed-out crater where lava was flowing just a few years ago now holds the world’s youngest glacier, says Ray Yurkewycz, operations director for the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute.
Not only growing, it is advancing
“It’s cascading down into this valley now,” Yurkewycz said, pointing out a tongue of ice flowing over a rise and into a rubbly ravine. “It’s only been in the last two years that it started doing that.”
“Before 1980, Mount St. Helens was a post-card-perfect cone draped with about a dozen small glaciers,” writes Doughton. “Most were obliterated or melted on May 18 of that year, when the mountain’s north side collapsed, unleashing the biggest landslide ever recorded.”
Its northward orientation helped shield snow from the sun while a thick layer of volcanic rock on the crater floor provided an insulating barrier against volcanic heat coming from below, Doughton continues.
“By 1988, a permanent snowfield more than 200 feet thick nestled in the crater. In 1996, the first crevasses appeared — evidence that the frozen mass was in motion and met the definition of a glacier.
“By 2005, the arms of the glacier were moving as much as 8 feet a day.”
Today, the combined mass is still creeping farther down the valley, Doughton adds.
The ice is about 650 feet thick in places — deep enough to swallow the Space Needle, said USGS geologist Dave Sherrod.
Its advance slowed considerably last year — to about 2.5 inches a day, Schilling said. And once the toe extends out of the sheltered crater, the accumulation of snow and ice likely won’t be sufficient to drive it much farther down the mountain.
Confirms what I’ve been saying for years
If you’ve been following this website, you know that this confirms what I’ve been saying for years.
Eleven years ago, in 2004, Crater Glacier already contained more ice than before the 1980 eruption, and was growing thicker at the rate of 15 feet (5 meters) per year.
It was also advancing at the rate of 3 feet (1 meter) per day.
More than 90% of the world’s glaciers are growing
Not only Crater Glacier, more than 90% of the world’s glaciers are growing.
In direct contradiction to the 2007 IPCC claim that ice from the Himalayan region could disappear by 2035, glaciers are actually growing in the Himalayas.
We’re talking about the greatest chain of ice-capped peaks in the world – from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan – and satellite measurements show that the Himalayas have lost NO ice in the past ten years.
Not only have they lost no ice, in a defiant act of political incorrectness, some 230 glaciers in the western Himalayas – including Mount Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat – are actually growing.
And the inconvenient fact is that all seven glaciers on California’s Mount Shasta are growing. This includes Whitney Glacier, the state’s largest.
Fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere is growing
Meanwhile, the Juneau Icefield, which covers 1,505 square miles (3,900 sq km) and is the fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere, is also growing.
According to Michael Zemp at the University of Zurich – one of the scientists that Al Gore likes to quote – “some positive values were reported from the North Cascade Mountains and the Juneau Ice Field.” (“Positive values” means “growing”.)
Think about that! The fifth largest ice field in the entire Western Hemisphere is growing,, and no one is bothering to report it.
The list goes on and on
Glaciers are growing in Tibet
Scientists announce “remarkable” glacier growth on Tibetan plateau that “is challenging to explain.”
Glaciers are growing in Chile
Pio XI Glacier, the largest glacier of the Patagonian ice field, has been advancing for years
But here’s the topper – the elephant in the room – The Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing.
Antarctica contains 90% of the earth’s ice. If the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, wouldn’t that mean that more than 90% of the world’s glaciers are growing, just as I’ve been saying all along?
See entire Seattle Times article:
Thanks to Don Fvilleneuve, Kingbum and Wanda for this link
Note: The above photo was taken several years ago, probably in 2004.