Glaciers Sliding Out of Monument
JUNEAU — A group of retreating glaciers in Glacier Bay have blocked off an old "port," which Canada was reported to have achieved there a decade ago, when the glaciers slid across theAlaska-British Columbia boundary at the head of Tarr Inlet.
This was the word brought to Juneau last week by a party which toured Glacier bay national monument. One member of the party was Leonard Berling, area "cadastral engineer for Bureau of Land Management, who visited the monument on a similar expedition 25 years ago.
"I can hardly believe how much the glaciers have receded," he said. "It's possible to conceive now of the glaciers backing entirely out of the monument into Canada."
The glacier at the upper end of Tarr Inlet, most northerly fiord of Glacier Bay, is running counter to the general trend however, Until a few years ago, it was possible for boats to proceed up the inlet into a stretch of Canadian water at the face of the glacier. Now the glacier has advanced well across the boundary into Alaska water.