“Photos and maps prove that all of Mt. Baker glaciers are significantly more extensive today than they were in 1950,” says geologist Dr. Don J. Easterbrook.
Not only are the glaciers larger today than in 1950, some have recently begun to advance, says Easterbrook, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Western Washington University.
“A few days ago, I acquired satellite and air photo imagery for 2013-2015 and upon checking recent activity of Mt Baker glaciers was surprised to discover that the Coleman and Roosevelt glaciers had begun to advance in 2013 and persisted to 2015,” says Easterbrook.
“The advance is small, but is significant because it marks a change from terminal recession to advance.”
Roosevelt and Coleman glaciers
ALL Mt Baker glaciers
“All of Mt. Baker’s other glaciers show the same thing,” says Easterbrook. “They are all more extensive now than they were in 1952 and nothing unusual is happening to them—they have been where they are now many times before. Data similar to that shown here for the Coleman, Roosevelt, Deming, and Boulder glaciers is also available for the Easton, Squak, Talum, Park, Rainbow, and Mazama glaciers.
“These claims are totally false”
“‘Disastrous’: Low snow heat eat away at northwest glaciers,” read a recent headline in The Seattle Times (8 Sep 2015). The article goes on to quote one estimate that “the region’s glaciers are smaller than they have been in at least 4,000 years.”
“However, photos and maps of the Sholes glacier, the glacier featured in the Times article, prove that these claims are totally false,” says Easterbrook.
“The Sholes glacier has not changed at all in the past 70 years.” (Emphasis by Dr. Easterbrook)
Other U.S. glaciers also growing
In addition to the glaciers mentioned by Dr. Easterbrook, I’d like to point out that glaciers are also growing in other parts of the contiguous United States.
Let’s stop all this caterwauling about ‘disastrous’ glacial melt. Glaciers advance and retreat all the time. That’s what glaciers do.
And it has nothing to do with human activity.
Dr. Don J. Easterbrook, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Western Washington University, Ph.D., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle, M.S., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle B.S., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle