Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by David Blow
In May 1986, the Hubbard Glacier surged forward, blocking the outlet of Russell Fiord and creating “Russell Lake.” All that summer the new lake filled with runoff; its water level rose 25 meters, and the decrease in salinity threatened its sea life. Around midnight on October 8.2007 the dam gave way. In the next 24 hours an estimated 5.3 cubic kilometers of water gushed through the gap, and the fiord was reconnected to the ocean at its previous level. This was the second largest glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in recorded history, and had the equivalent flow of about 35 Niagara Falls
Location: Hubbard Glacier originates 122 kilometres (76 mi) from its snout and is loc
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