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Athabasca Glacier Case Study

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The Athabasca Glacier

Describe the location and main characteristics of the Athabasca glacier

The Athabasca Glacier is located within the Colombian Ice Fields of the Rockies. Due to recent change in climate, the glacier has receded more than 1.5 km in the past 125 years and lost just over half of its volume. The current rate of recession is 2.5 meters per year. The glacier moves down from the ice field at a rate of several centimetres per day. Due to its immediacy with Ice fields Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, and ease of accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America. There are usually many tours to the front of the glacier however going on top of the glacier is not recommended because there are many discrete crevasses which are typically from 30-40 meters. The glacier is more or less 6 km long covering an expanse of km². It is measured to be between 90 meters and 300 meters thick at some points within the glacier.

Outline the main inputs and outputs of the Athabasca glacier

There are two main types of input for the Athabasca Glacier. One

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