North Swiftcurrent Glacier

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North Swiftcurrent Glacier
Map showing the location of North Swiftcurrent Glacier
Map showing the location of North Swiftcurrent Glacier
North Swiftcurrent Glacier
Location in Montana
Type Mountain glacier
Location Glacier National Park, Glacier County, Montana, U.S.
Coordinates 48°47′20″N 113°46′08″W / 48.78889°N 113.76889°W / 48.78889; -113.76889Coordinates: 48°47′20″N 113°46′08″W / 48.78889°N 113.76889°W / 48.78889; -113.76889[1]
Area Approximately 19 acres (0.077 km2) in 2005[2]
Length .10 mi (0.16 km)
Terminus Talus
Status Retreating

North Swiftcurrent Glacier is Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. The glacier is situated immediately to the east of the Continental Divide and north of Swiftcurrent Mountain at an elevation between 8,000 ft (2,400 m) and 7,000 ft (2,100 m) above sea level.[3] North Swiftcurrent Glacier consists of several remnant glaciers and additional ice patches, none of which exceed 19 acres (0.077 km2) in surface area and do not meet the threshold of 25 acres (0.10 km2) often cited as being the minimum size to qualify as an active glacier. The glacier lost over 32 percent of its area between 1966 and 2005.[2]

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  1. ^ "North Swiftcurrent Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Retreat of Glaciers in Glacier National Park" (pdf). United States Geological Survey. 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  3. ^ Ahern Pass, MT (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2012-09-23.