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Date:12/12/2008

the ongoing advance of the glacier and to support decisions to protect communities from potential floods. The surge began during the fall of 2007, and since then, the glacier has advanced more than 1.2 kilometers, entering the Alsek River. An additional advance of approximately 100 meters will completely block the river, creating a glacier-dammed lake. Failure of this dam feature would result in downriver flooding to the Gulf of Alaska, passing near or through the community of Dry Bay in the United States. Glacier surges tend to last 1𔃀 years, and Tweedsmuir surges every couple of decades, but this surge is stronger than previous ones. This effort was done in cooperation between the USGS, the National Park Service, British Columbia Parks, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To see the camera images, visit http://ak.water.usgs.gov/Projects/Tweedsmuir. For more information, contact Shad O'Neel at 907-786-7088.

Free, Global Access to USGS Earth Imagery
Scientists and decision makers will soon have unrestricted global access at no charge to the USGS Landsat archive, the world's most extensive collection of continuously acquired land imagery. The full collection is expected to be available online, for the first time with no user fees, by the end of this year under a policy initiated by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. The wider availability of images from Landsat and other Earth-observation satellites will assist both developing and developed countries as the world's increasing population deals with the effects of climate change and limitations of water, petroleum and other vital resources. This development was recently recognized and applauded by the international Group on Earth Observations at its annual plenary meeting in Romania. For more information, visit http://www.earthobservations.org/ or

Contact: Jessica Robertson
jrobertson@usgs.gov
703-648-6624
United States Geological Survey
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