Balfour Glacier

Balfour Glacier - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
General Information:
Balfour Glacier is a major northward flowing glacier on the Alberta side of the Waputik Icefield. The glacier drains east into Hector Lake and the Bow River (Ommanney, 2000).

The maximum ice stand occured in 1947. The recession rates averaged 10ma-1 from the late 1840s-1900 and then increased four times between 1900-1948. Since 1948 the recession has been almost negligible (Ommanney, 2002).

Location: Banff National Park
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51o34.0'
Classification: Outlet Glacier
Area: 8.8km2
Area in 1900: 14km2
Drainage: east into Hector Lake and Bow River
Classification: Outlet Glacier

Figure 1: Balfour Glacier, 1961(Ommanney, 2002)


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