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Climate Change and Glaciers of Olympic Mountains, USA – April 1st, 2013

47.9N 124W

April 1st, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day, Mountains

USA and Canada – March 30th, 2013

Snow rests atop mountain ranges in Washington State, USA (below), and British Columbia (upper left) and Alberta (upper right), Canada. Visible as a circular area of snow near the coast are the Olympic Mountains, a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington.

The mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are not especially high – Mount Olympus is the highest at 7,962 ft (2,427 m); however, the eastern slopes rise out of Puget Sound and the western slopes are separated from the Pacific Ocean by the 20 to 35 km (12 to 22 mi) wide Pacific Ocean coastal plain. There are glaciers within the range; however, they have shrunk rapidly in just decades, stark evidence of the ongoing impact of human-driven climate change.

Wildfires West of Great Slave Lake, Canada

59.6N 120.3W

September 26th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

Canada – September 25th, 2012

A string of days with no new forest fires in Canada came to an end on Tuesday September 24. Plumes of smoke from fires west and southwest of the Great Slave Lake (upper right quadrant), in Canada, blow to the south and the southeast. The fires are located in the country’s Northwest Territories (above) as well as in the provinces of British Columbia (lower left) and Alberta (lower right).

While the fire hazard has diminished greatly in provinces such as Ontario, other Canadian provinces are still receiving hot weather that is driving up the fire danger. Ontario will be providing 33 personnel to Alberta on Monday September 24 to assist with the fire hazard in that province.

Fires in Northwestern Canada Near Great Slave Lake

61.6N 113.7W

August 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Canada – August 18th, 2012

While wildfires continue to burn in western USA, here some can also be seen in Canada, near the border of British Columbia (lower left), Alberta (lower center and right) and the Northwest Territories (above). Smoke from the fires creates a hazy veil over the Great Slave Lake, visible in the upper right quadrant.

Fires in Alberta, Canada, South of Great Slave Lake

58.4N 117.4W

July 18th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – July 13th, 2012

Fires in the Canadian province of Alberta, just south of the border with the Northwest Territories (above), can be seen near the left edge and center of this image. A thick cloud of smoke released by the fires covers much of the lower half of the image. Visible in the Northwest Territories above the image center is the Great Slave Lake, tan and green from sediments. Upon opening the full image, the Great Bear Lake can also be seen, further north.

Smoke from Wildfires in Alberta, Canada – July 13th, 2012

59.1N 118.6W

July 13th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Canada – July 11th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from several fire can be observed in this image of the province of Alberta, Canada. Originating near the center left edge is a plume of smoke from a wildfire blowing due east-northeast. The smoke in the upper part of the image is from a large fire to the east (more of which is visible in the full image).

The Canadian Press has reported that a blaze near Zama City has forced people to flee their homes. Between 150 and 200 permanent residents and transient workers had to be moved earlier this week from Zama City, which is about 930 kilometres north of Edmonton. The fire has already burned through about 1,000 square kilometres of timber and bush.