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May 3, 2017 - Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada

Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada Before
Landsat 8
August 3, 2015
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada After
Landsat 8
July 4, 2016
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada Map
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada Before
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada After
August 3, 2015 July 4, 2016
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Kaskawulsh Glacier in the Kluane National Park and Reserve of southwestern Yukon Territory, Canada, has retreated over the past several decades and caused a rare instance of “river piracy”—the diversion of the headwaters of one stream into another one. Before spring 2016, the majority of the glacier’s meltwater flowed north into the Slims River. As the 2016 Landsat 8 image shows, the majority of the meltwater now flows toward the east into the Kaskawulsh River.