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Harker Glacier is a tidewater glacier on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Harker glacier was first mapped by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-1904), and named De Geer Glacier, after Gerard De Geer (1858-1943), a Swedish geologist who specialized in geomorphology and geochronology. It was remapped in 1912 by David Ferguson, and renamed for Alfred Harker (1859-1939), an English geologist who specialised in petrology and petrography.[1][2]

Harker Glacier
South Georgia: Cumberland Bay; Thatcher Peninsula with King Edward Cove (Grytviken); Allardyce Range with the summit Mt. Paget (NASA imagery)
Map showing the location of Harker Glacier
Map showing the location of Harker Glacier
Location of Harker Glacier in South Georgia
LocationSouth Georgia
Coordinates54°22′0.12″S 36°31′59.88″W / 54.3667000°S 36.5333000°W / -54.3667000; -36.5333000Coordinates: 54°22′0.12″S 36°31′59.88″W / 54.3667000°S 36.5333000°W / -54.3667000; -36.5333000
TerminusCumberland Bay
Statusstable / advancing

The valley in which Harker Glacier is located drains from south to north out of the Allardyce Range into Moraine Fjord in the eastern side of Cumberland Bay, south of Grytviken, the principal settlement of the island. Harker Glacier is a tidewater glacier that contributes icebergs to the bay. The glacier has not changed significantly since the 1970s, but is further advanced than when it was photographed by Frank Hurley in 1914.[3]

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  1. ^ "Harker Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  2. ^ "Harker Glacier, Antarctica". Geographical Names. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Scotia Centenary Antarctic Expedition (2002-2003)"[permanent dead link]. Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Glasgow, United Kingdom, pp. 5-6.

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