Valerie Glacier, Disenchantment Bay

Valerie Glacier, Disenchantment Bay

by | Aug 10, 2019

Valerie Glacier starts in the Saint Elias Mountains and flows southeast for about 14 miles (22.5 km) to laterally join with the Hubbard Glacier about 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast from the head of Disenchantment Bay, and about 29 miles (47 km) northeast of Yakutat, Alaska. The glacier is named after Valerie F. Wood, 1933-1951, who served as an assistant to the scientific part of Project Snow Cornice of the Arctic Institute of North America. Wood was killed in an airplane crash about July 27, 1951, with her mother somewhere in the vicinity of this glacier.

In the years 1948-51, Project Snow Cornice was led by Walter A. Wood who established a semi-permanent research facility on a nunatak surrounded by the upper Seward Glacier, and from this location, a number of interdisciplinary studies were carried out, among them topographic surveying to determine the height of Mount Logan. Although Mount Logan is visible from the coastal fringe and from far offshore in the Gulf of Alaska, its giant stature was not recognized until 1890 when I.C. Russell saw the mountain from the Seward Glacier. Later, after the great mountain had been officially named, it was mentioned by explorers and travelers in Yukon Territory who saw it from more than 100 miles (161 km) away.

In 1913 surveyors of the International Boundary Commission carried a triangulation network up the Chitina Valley and below the north face of Mount Logan. Numerous prominent points on the mountain were intersected and an elevation of the highest summit was among the results of this work. But it was not until 1992 that the exact elevation of the Mount Logan summit was determined as 19,551 feet (5,959 m). Read more here and here. Explore more of Valerie Glacier here:

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