Crescent Glacier (Mount Adams)

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Crescent Glacier
Map showing the location of Crescent Glacier
Map showing the location of Crescent Glacier
Crescent Glacier
Mount Adams, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Type Mountain glacier
Coordinates 46°10′01″N 121°29′14″W / 46.16694°N 121.48722°W / 46.16694; -121.48722Coordinates: 46°10′01″N 121°29′14″W / 46.16694°N 121.48722°W / 46.16694; -121.48722[1]
Area 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi) in 2006[2]
Length .25 mi (0.40 km)
Terminus Talus
Status Retreating

Crescent Glacier is located on the southeast slopes of Mount Adams in the U.S. state of Washington in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. A small subpeak of Mount Adams, named South Butte, rises nearby.[3] Crescent Glacier is close to the Gotchen Glacier which is located just to the east. Crescent Glacier lies in a small south-facing cirque with a steep headwall. The glacier ranges in elevation from 8,400 ft (2,600 m) at the foot of the steep cliff to 7,900 ft (2,400 m) at the moraine. One arm of the glacier extends south down to 7,600 ft (2,300 m).[3] Between 1904 and 2006, Crescent Glacier lost 6 percent of its surface area.[2]

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  1. ^ "Crescent Glacier". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-11-3.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b Sitts, Danielle; Andrew G. Fountain and Matthew J. Hoffman (2010). "Twentieth Century Glacier Change on Mount Adams, Washington, USA" (pdf). Northwest Science (Northwest Scientific Association) 84 (4): 378–385. doi:10.3955/046.084.0407. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  3. ^ a b TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Mount Adams East, WA (Map). Retrieved 2012-11-3.