Northern BC Glaciers - Zone 06

Latitude58º-59º N, Longitude 135º-137º W

Glaciers-Zone 6
Source: North Western British Columbia, 1:600 000 map 1B

*This zone lies entriely outside of BC, however it is an extensively glaciated area and is significant to the surrounding area.

ALASKAN GLACIERS:
  • Adams Glacier
  • Aurora Glacier
  • Brady Glacier
  • Burroughs Glacier
  • Carrol Glacier
  • Cascade Glacier
  • Casement Glacier
  • Clark Glacier
  • Charpentier Glacier
  • Desolation Glacier
  • Fair Weather Glacier
  • Finger Glacier
  • Geikie Glacier
  • Gilman Glacier
  • Gridled Glacier
  • Grand Plateau Glacier
  • Hoonah Glacier
  • Hugh Miller Glacier
  • John Hopkins Glacier
  • Kashoto Glacier
  • Kodachan Glacier
  • Laperouse Glacier
  • Lamplugh Glacier
  • Lityua Glacier
  • Margerie Glacier
  • North Crillion Glacier
  • Romer Glacier
  • Reid Glaicer
  • Scidmore Glacier
  • Sea Otter Glacier
  • South Crillion Glacier
  • Topeka Glacier
  • Toyatte Glacier
  • Tyeea Glacier
  • White Glacier

FEATURED GLACIERS:

Brady Glacier
Northern BC Glaciers - Zone 06 - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
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Glacial Advance

Brady Glacier runs parallel to Grand Pacific Glacier. While Grand Pacific Glacier receeds, Brady Glacier Advances. It is 16 km's long and about 5km thick. In the 1950's the Newmont Mining Company discovered deposits of nickel and copper ore within the mountains surrounding the glacier. Upon more extensive exploration, it was found that the deposits were primarily under the ice. There are 20 patented mining claims within the area that cover over 400 square acres. These are all owned by the University of Alaska and were bought in 1997 for the price of 100,000 dollars U.S.
Both Nixon and Ford administrations argued that the Brady Ice Feild Ore deposits needed to be accessible as it was a matter of national security. They claimed that imported nickel was already three times what the U.S. produced and that those reserves would be drained within 15 years at current rates.There is much debate over this deposit regarding how mining will effect the natural state of the ecosystem and environment. The principle concerns at the moment regard transport and support facilities which would be required to be built, how tailing storage and ore transportation will effect local water quality and the effects on local wildlife.

Source: Glacier Bay Oversight in Alaska, Brady Glacier

Northern BC Glaciers - Zone 06 - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: M.S. Pelto, 1984

John Hopkins Glacier

Northern BC Glaciers - Zone 06 - Canadian Glacier Inventory ProjectNorthern BC Glaciers - Zone 06 - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
http://www.glacierbay.org

In a spectacualr display, giant blocks of ice up to 200 feet high can be calved off the sides of John Hopkins Glacier. These ice bergs, although seemingly harmless and only appearing a few meters out of the water, can reap havoc on the hull of a boat. As such, it is rare when a boat will go closer than 2 miles off the shore of John Hopkins Glacier, as the threat of jagged ice looms below the water.

source: Glacier Bay Alaska and the Community of Gustavus

Margerie Glacier

Video: Calving at Margerie Glacier

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