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Then and Now: What Happened to the Alaskan Glaciers from 100 Years Ago?

Historical Facts | December 14, 2015

Repeat photography is a technique in which a historical photo and a modern photo, both taken with the same field of view, are put side by side to determine their similarities and differences.

The following collection depict how this technique was used to document and better understand the effect of the changing climate to glaciers and landscapes for the last century-and-a-quarter.
 

Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

1892
Glacier-1

H. F. Reid photograph, muir1892_417, courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center

2005
Glacier-2

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1880s – 1890s
Glacier-3

G. D. Hazard, 7807, courtesy of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Archive

2005
Glacier-4

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

Late-19th century
Glacier-5

(L.V. Winter and P. E. Pond, postcard # C141 in the personal collection of the author

105 - 110 years later...
Glacier-6

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1895
Glacier-7

Alaska State Library Photograph by Winter and Pond

2004
Glacier-8

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1899
Glacier-9

USGS Photo Library Photograph - Gilbert 276

2003
Glacier-10

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1899
Glacier-11

USGS Photo Library Photograph - Gilbert 278

2003
Glacier-12

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

Reid Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

1899
Glacier-13

G. K. Gilbert, 258, courtesy of the USGS Photographic Library

104 years later
Glacier-14

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1924
Glacier-15

A. H. Brooks, 1299, courtesy of the USGS Photographic Library

2003
Glacier-16

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Lamplugh Glacier

1941
Glacier-17

Field photograph # 430-41

2003
Glacier-18

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Triangle Island, Queen Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

1906
Glacier-19

USGS Photo Library Photograph - Wright 333

2003
Glacier-20

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1906
Glacier-21

USGS Photo Library Photograph - Wright 333

2004
Glacier-22

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Pedersen Glacier, Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

1909
Glacier-23

USGS Photo Library Photograph–Grant 131

2004
Glacier-24

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1909
Glacier-25

USGS Photo Library Photograph – Grant 130

2005
Glacier-26

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Yalik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Mountains, Nuka Passage, Alaska

1909
Glacier-27

USGS Photo Library Photograph – Grant 235

2004
Glacier-28

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Mountains, Aialik Bay, Alaska

1909
Glacier-29

USGS Photo Library Photograph –Grant 128

2005
Glacier-30

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

McCarty Fjord, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

1909
Glacier-31

USGS Photo Library Photograph – Grant 143

2004
Glacier-32

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1909
Glacier-33

USGS Photo Library Photograph – Grant 144

2004
Glacier-34

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1909
Glacier-35

USGS photograph by D.F. Higgins

2004
Glacier-36

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

Holgate Arm, Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

1909
Glacier-37

USGS Photo Library Photograph–Grant 132

2004
Glacier-38

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Bear Glacier, Kenai Mountains, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

1909
Glacier-39

USGS Photo Library - Photograph Grant 123

2005
Glacier-40

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1909
Glacier-41

USGS Photo Library - Photograph Grant 120

2005
Glacier-42

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

Older photo, undated
Glacier-43

Kenai Fjords National Park

2005
Glacier-44

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Harris Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Mountains, Alaska

1909
Glacier-45

USGS Photo Library - Photograph Grant 136

2004
Glacier-46

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

1909
Glacier-47

USGS Photo Library - Photograph Grant 137

2004
Glacier-48

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

Harvard Arm, College Fiord, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

1909
Glacier-49

USGS Photo Library Photograph–Grant 208

2000
Glacier-50

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

Toboggan Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

1905
Glacier-51

USGS Photo by Sidney Paige - 731

2000
Glacier-52

USGS Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia

 

East Fork of the Teklanika River, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

1919
Glacier-53

USGS Photo Library Photograph – Capps

2004
Glacier-54

2004 NPS Photograph by Ron Karpilo

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