Valley glacier in the US state of Alaska
|Length||27 miles (43 km) |
Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier in the US state of Alaska. At 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. Its terminus feeds the Matanuska River. It lies near the Glenn Highway about 100 miles (160 km) north-east of Anchorage in Glacier View. Matanuska Glacier flows about 1 foot (30 cm) per day. Due to ablation of the lower glacier, as of 2007[update], the location of the glacier terminus changed little over the previous three decades. There is an Alaska State Parks facility, the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, a 229 acres (93 ha) park with trails and a small campground. The glacier is the eponym of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V Matanuska.
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