Brady Glacier, Taylor Bay



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Brady Glacier, Taylor Bay

by | May 8, 2019

The Brady Glacier flows to Taylor Bay from the Fairweather Range of the Saint Elias Mountains in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 33 miles (53 km) west of Gustavus, Alaska. The glacier was named in 1883 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for Reverend John Green Brady, an Alaskan missionary and later the Governor of the District of Alaska from 1897 to 1906.

Taylor Bay is about 3.4 miles (5.5 km) wide and extends northwest from Cross Sound to the mouth of the Brady River. The bay was named by William Healey Dall of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for C.H. Taylor of Chicago. The name was first published in the 1883 Alaska Coast Pilot.

The Brady Glacier is the largest glacier in the Fairweather Range with a length of 32 miles (51 km) and an area of 228 square miles (59,000 ha). It starts in the same accumulation area as the Reid and Lamplugh Glaciers and flows southward ending just above sea level in an outwash plain and tidal delta about 3.7 miles (6 km) from Taylor Bay. When Captain George Vancouver observed the Brady Glacier in 1794 its terminus calved icebergs directly into Taylor Bay. During the last quarter of the 19th century, the glacier receded and built the outwash plain separating it from Taylor Bay. Between 1926 and 1977 the sediment plain expanded in length by more than 2.5 miles (4 km) and increased in area by more than 8 square miles (2,000 ha). By the early 1980s, it was thinning and retreating at the terminus and at many locations along its sides resulting in the formation of several ice-marginal lakes. Observations in August 1999, June 2003, and June 2004 indicated the terminus retreat was continuing. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Brady Glacier here:

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