The Salamander Glacier

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The Salamander Glacier
Grinnell Glacier 2009.jpg
The Salamander Glacier sits on a ledge above the greatly diminished Grinnell Glacier and the ice clogged Grinnell Lake in this 2009 image
Map showing the location of The Salamander Glacier
Map showing the location of The Salamander Glacier
The Salamander Glacier
Location in Montana
Type Mountain glacier
Location Glacier National Park, Glacier County, Montana, U.S.
Coordinates 48°45′29″N 113°44′18″W / 48.75806°N 113.73833°W / 48.75806; -113.73833Coordinates: 48°45′29″N 113°44′18″W / 48.75806°N 113.73833°W / 48.75806; -113.73833[1]
Area Approximately 42 acres (0.17 km2) in 2005[2]
Length .10 mi (0.16 km)
Terminus Rock ledge
Status Retreating

The Salamander Glacier is in Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. The glacier lies on a shelf on the east side of the arête which is part of the Continental Divide, at an average elevation of 7,200 feet (2,200 m) above sea level.[3] The Salamander Glacier covered an area of approximately 57 acres (0.23 km2) as of 1993. Before Grinnell Glacier retreated significantly, it used to encompass The Salamander Glacier and the two become separate sometime before 1929. The Salamander Glacier was measured at 42 acres (0.17 km2) in 2005, which is a 23 percent reduction since 1966.[2] Though only .10 mi (0.16 km) in length, The Salamander Glacier is about .75 mi (1.21 km) wide.


  1. ^ "The Salamander Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Retreat of Glaciers in Glacier National Park" (pdf). United States Geological Survey. 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  3. ^ Many Glacier, MT (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2012-07-30. 

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