Matanuska Glacier

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Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier 8859s.JPG
Matanuska Glacier
Map showing the location of Matanuska Glacier
Map showing the location of Matanuska Glacier
Type Mountain glacier
Coordinates 61°39′21″N 147°34′52″W / 61.65583°N 147.58111°W / 61.65583; -147.58111Coordinates: 61°39′21″N 147°34′52″W / 61.65583°N 147.58111°W / 61.65583; -147.58111
Length 27 miles (43 km) [1]
Terminus Matanuska River
Status Retreating

Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier in the US state of Alaska. At 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. Its terminus feeds the Matanuska River.[2] It lies near the Glenn Highway about 100 miles (160 km) north-east of Anchorage. Matanuska Glacier flows about 1 foot (30 cm) per day. Due to ablation of the lower glacier, as of 2007, the location of the glacier terminus changed little over the previous three decades.[3]

The glacier is the eponym of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V Matanuska.

Matanuska Glacier from 20,000 feet.
Matanuska Glacier from 20,000 feet (6,100 m)
Matanuska Glacier terminus
Matanuska Glacier terminus

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