Proglacial lake borders the Humboldt Glacier • Earth.com

Last update: October 27th, 2020 at 11:00 am

Proglacial lake borders the Humboldt Glacier Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a proglacial lake that has formed on the edge of the Humboldt Glacier in northwest Greenland.

The water is also bordered by Washington Land, a deglaciated peninsula that appears reddish-brown.

NASA scientist John Sonntag captured this photograph on September 4, 2019 during an airborne campaign for NASA’s Operation IceBridge. Proglacial lake borders the Humboldt Glacier

“We get to observe the ice surface along the margin without last winter’s snowfall on top, as is usually the case during our spring campaigns,” wrote IceBridge project scientist Joe MacGregor. “That’s both scientifically valuable and – admittedly – often more visually compelling.”

The Humboldt Glacier borders the Kane Basin in North West Greenland. Its front is 110 km (68 mi) wide. It has been retreating in the period of observation spanning 1975–2010.
Humboldt Glacier fringes the coast of Peabody Bay from north to south. The McGary Islands lie off the glacier at the southern end of the bay.

Humboldt Glacier (Danish: Humboldt Gletscher) is one of the major glaciers in northern Greenland.
The glacier is named after German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and is the widest tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

 

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