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Dyurgerov, M.B. and Meier, M.F. (2005). Glaciers and the changing earth system: A 2004 snapshot. INSTAAR Occasional Paper, 58
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Overview of world glaciers and ice caps
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
By far the largest area of glaciers and ice fields are found in Canada (about 201 000 km2), followed by Alaska (about 75 000 km2) with about 700 km2 in the rest of the USA. Glaciers and ice fields are concentrated in the High Arctic and western cordillera. The total area of glaciers and ice caps, without the ice sheets and surrounding glaciers and ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, sums up to 540 000 km2.