This is a picture review of this amazing glacier in
Canada - well worth the visit if you ever have
The glacier is approximately 6 km (3.75 miles) long, covers an
area of 6 km² (2.5 mi²), and is measured to be between 90
metres (270 ft) and 300 metres (1000 ft) thick.
The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes'
of the Columbia Icefield , located in the Canadian
Rockies. Due to global warming, the glacier has
receded more than 1.5 km in the past 125 years and
lost over half of its volume. It currently recedes at a
rate of 2-3 metres per year. The glacier moves down
from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per
day. Due to its close proximity to the Icefields
Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and
Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most
visited glacier in North America. The leading edge of
the glacier is within easy walking distance; however,
travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless
properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the
deaths of unprepared tourists.