MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK NATURE NOTES
||December - 1937
Recession measurements on this glacier were initiated on September 5,
1934, when a point was established upon a prominent rock 52 feet from
the end of the ice and where Stevens Creek emerged from the glacier. In
the fall of 19-35 it was found that this rock had either been washed
away or the markings obliterated by flood waters during the intervening
period. A second point was then established upon a solid, stationary
rock face that was just emerging from the ice at the terminus.
The extreme recession recorded in the following table, is due to the
fact that the end of this glacier is characterized by a long, rather
narrow tongue of ice. This is melting very rapidly at the present time
and will continue to do so for at least two more years. Following the
disintegration of the ice tongue a more normal recession will
undoubtedly be recorded.
Tabulation of recession data.
|September 1934 ...
||Point marked for future measurements.|
|September 1935 ...
||Point established in 1934 obliterated during previous year.|
New point established.
||Recession of 146 feat.|
||Recession of 187 feet.|