Beloit Glacier, Blackstone Bay

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Beloit Glacier, Blackstone Bay

by | Dec 3, 2018

The Beloit Glacier is on the Kenai Peninsula, about 8 miles (13 km) south of Whittier, and flows northeast for about 2 miles (3.2 km) to Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The glacier was named for Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Blackstone Bay and Blackstone Glacier were named by W.C. Mendenhall of the U.S. Geological Survey for a miner who was carrying mail from Cook Inlet to Whittier in 1896. The miner and two companions disappeared in a snowstorm and were never seen again. His brother Willard (who gives his name to the nearby island in Blackstone Bay) searched for him but found only the mail packet atop the glacier.

Nearly a dozen glaciers descended to near sea level in Blackstone Bay and were first mapped in 1909 including Northland, Ripon, Lawrence, Marquette, and Beloit Glaciers. They were named in 1910 by Lawrence Martin of the U.S. Geological Survey for Wisconsin colleges. Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers are both located at the head of the bay and currently are the only glaciers reaching tidewater, although in 2004 exposed bedrock and evidence of recent thinning was observed along with their margins possibly indicating emergence from the ocean. Read more here and here. Explore more of Beloit Glacier and Blackstone Bay here:

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