Observations of the Terminus of Bunde Glacier, Axel Heiberg Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, In 1955 And 1983

  • N.J. McMillan
Keywords: alpine glacier, Axel Heiberg Island, terminal moraine, advance, retreat, climate


The terminus of Bunde Glacier (name used here for the first time), situated at 80 25 N, 93 45 W on northwestern Axel Heiberg Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago, was observed and photographed in 1955 and 1983. Comparison of the photos indicates that there has been no appreciable advance or retreat during the 28-year span, as the terminal moraine appears to have remained practically unchanged. The possibility exists that Bunde Glacier retreated or advanced after 1955 but re-advanced or retreated to occupy its 1955 position by 1983. This situation marks a departure from the observation that glaciers in most parts of the world are in retreat.