Largest glacier shrinking quickly
WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s biggest glacier is melting at its fastest pace in recent history, Massey University glacier expert Martin Brook said Thursday. The Tasman Glacier on South Island was 18 miles long in 1990, with virtually no lake at its front edge.
New measurements last week showed the glacier was 14 miles long, Brook said.
Meanwhile, a lake that has formed next to the glacier is now 4.4 miles long, 1.2 miles wide and 800 feet deep, he said.