Galloping glaciers monitored from space


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‘Galloping’ or surging glaciers, as well as nonsurging glaciers up to 40 miles in length around Mt. McKinley in south central Alaska, have been identified clearly in images returned from the first experimental Larth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS 1).

The images, also revealing the extent of sediment plumes from coastal glaciers, offer considerable promise as a tool for monitoring the behavior of glaciers. The Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) program is aimed at applying high-altitude photographic data to a variety of natural resource and environmental problems.