Humboldt Glacier

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satellite image of Humboldt Glacier

Humboldt Glacier is the widest tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. It borders the Kane Basin in North West Greenland. Its front is 110 km (68 mi) wide. It has been retreating in the period of observation spanning 1975-2010.[1]

Humboldt Glacier fringes the coast of Peabody Bay from north to south. The McGary Islands lie off the glacier at the southern end of the bay.[2]

The glacier is named after German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Humboldt Glacier retreats". Byrd Polar Research Center. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  2. ^ Prostar Sailing Directions 2005 Greenland and Iceland Enroute, p. 88

Coordinates: 79°30′N 63°00′W / 79.500°N 63.000°W / 79.500; -63.000