Chaney Glacier

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Chaney Glacier
Chaney Glacier 2004.jpg
Researchers traverse Chaney Glacier in 2004
Location in Montana
Location in Montana
Chaney Glacier
Location in Montana
Type Cirque glacier
Location Glacier National Park, Glacier County, Montana, U.S.
Coordinates 48°51′06″N 113°49′48″W / 48.85167°N 113.83000°W / 48.85167; -113.83000Coordinates: 48°51′06″N 113°49′48″W / 48.85167°N 113.83000°W / 48.85167; -113.83000[1]
Area 93 acres (0.38 km2) in 2005[2]
Length .20 miles (.32 km)
Terminus Talus
Status Retreating

Chaney Glacier is in Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. The glacier is situated in a cirque to the southeast of Mount Kipp on the eastern side of the Continental Divide.[3] Chaney Glacier is one of several glaciers that have been selected for monitoring by the U.S. Geological Survey's Glacier Monitoring Research program, which is researching changes to the mass balance of glaciers in and surrounding Glacier National Park.[4] The glacier is being monitored using remote sensing equipment and repeat photography, where images of the glacier are taken from identical locations periodically.

Since 1911, Chaney glacier has retreated considerably. Between 1966 and 2005, the glacier lost over 29 percent of its surface area.[2] The repeat photographs below document the changes to the glacier from 1911 to 2005.

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  1. ^ "Chaney Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Retreat of Glaciers in Glacier National Park" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  3. ^ Ahern Pass, MT (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Monitoring and Assessing Glacier Changes and Their Associated Hydrologic and Ecologic Effects in Glacier National Park". Secondary Glacier Network. United States Geological Survey. August 2011. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved 2012-09-01.