Alaska glacier thaws: Glaciers are melting and receding rapidly worldwide. However, unpredictable increases in flooding in the Mendenhall Glacier, located about 22.5 miles from downtown Juneau, Alaska's capital, are becoming increasingly common, as global temperatures increase as well as climate variability.
A Sept. 20 report from NBC states, "an ancient forest has thawed from under a melting glacier in Alaska and is now exposed to the world for the first time in more than 1,000 years."
The Alaskan glacier is an ice mass that covers about 20 miles. This magnificent glacier, located in the valley that receives the same name, is located near Juneau (capital), embedded in a stunning, protected area known as Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area which covers miles of beautiful nature.
Originally, the glacier was recognized and known as Sitaantaagu ("the Glacier Behind the Town") by Tinglits (local tribe) and named Auke. However, in 1891 it was renamed to its current name in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, giving the place its final name would bring the construction of a visitor center and other tourist access. The glacier, added to the lake which has created its own melt (Mendenhall Lake) and green periphery, makes this a great place for the senses.