Saskatchewan Glacier

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Saskatchewan Glacier
Saskatchewan Glacier Alberta Canada.jpg
Saskatchewan Glacier in Alberta, Canada seen from Parker Ridge
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Glacier
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Glacier
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Glacier
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Glacier
Coordinates52°08′19″N 117°11′36″W / 52.138546°N 117.193222°W / 52.138546; -117.193222
Area30 square kilometres (12 sq mi)
Length13 kilometres (8 mi)
StatusReceding

The Saskatchewan Glacier is located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, approximately 120 km (75 mi) northwest of the town of Banff, and can be accessed from the Icefields Parkway. Saskatchewan Glacier is the largest outflow glacier from the Columbia Icefield, which rests along the Continental Divide. The glacier is a primary water source for the North Saskatchewan River. The glacier is approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) long and covers an area of 30 km2 (11.5 mi2) and was measured in 1960 to be over 400 metres (1,310 ft) thick at a distance of 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the terminal snout.[1] Between the years 1893 and 1953, Saskatchewan Glacier had retreated a distance of 1,364 metres (4,475 ft), with the rate of retreat between the years 1948 and 1953 averaging 55 metres (180 ft) per year.[1] The glacier, which flows northeast, exhibits a prominent medial morraine.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Ommanney, C. Simon L. Williams Jr., Richard; Ferrigno, Jane G. (eds.). "Glaciers of the Canadian Rockies" (pdf). Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386-J-1: 248–251. Retrieved 2006-07-04.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Smith, D.G. (1987). Landforms of Alberta interpreted from airphotos and satellite imagery. Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Remote Sensing Centre, Alberta Environment. p. 35. ISBN 0-919975-10-0.

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