Last update: June 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Yakutat Glacier in southeastern Alaska.
For many years, the glacier has been shrinking and dumping water into Harlequin Lake, which has grown dramatically larger.
According to NASA, it is just a matter of time until the glacier completely disappears.
A team including Martin Truffer from the University of Alaska estimated in 2013 that the Yakutat Glacier would not survive past the end of the century. If global warming picks up speed as expected, the glacier may be gone by 2070.
“What we have observed is just short of where we estimated the terminus would be in 2020,” said Truffer. “We’ve been expecting this, but it’s still astonishing to see so much ice disappear in such a short time.”
This image was captured on September 21, 2018 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI).
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory