American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains, Tongass National Forest, Field Glacier

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Tongass National Forest, Field Glacier. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names, at its June 13, 1996, meeting, approved the name Field Glacier in Haines Borough and the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. This name has been entered into the Nation’s official automated geographic names repository and will be published in Decision List 1996. The entry will read as follows: Field Glacier: glacier, 31 km (19 mi) long by 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, in Tongass National Forest, heads 6.4 km (4 mi) SE of Mount Hislop at 59°04’55”N, 134°30’05”W, flows S from Meade Glacier, between Ogive Glacier and Bucher Glacier, in a southwesterly direction towards an unnamed stream that flows into the Lace River; named for glaciologist Dr. William Osgood Field* (1904-1994); Haines Borough and City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska; T32,33&34S, R64&65E, Copper River Mer.; 58°55’58"N, 134°47’05”W; USGS map Juneau (D3) 1:63,360 mouth of feature.

Roger Payne, Executive Secretary, U.S. Board on Geographic Names

*An Honorary Member of the American Alpine Club, Dr. William Osgood Field (1904-1994) was one of the world's foremost glaciologists. Though his work took him around the globe, his most enduring commitment was to south and southeastern Alaska, where, over the course of 61 years, he made 25 scientific trips, leaving a rich record of glacial movements that is both unique and comprehensive.

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