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Fryingpan Glacier
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Fryingpan Glacier and Little Tahoma Peak in 2007
Map showing the location of Fryingpan Glacier
Map showing the location of Fryingpan Glacier
Fryingpan Glacier
Location in Washington (state)
Type Mountain glacier
Coordinates 46°50′32″N 121°41′27″W / 46.84222°N 121.69083°W / 46.84222; -121.69083
Length 1.10 mi (1.77 km)
Terminus Icefall
Status Retreating

Fryingpan Glacier is on the eastern face of the 11,138-foot (3,395 m) Little Tahoma Peak, just to the east of Mount Rainier in the U.S. state of Washington. The glacier is located on top of a cliff from the Emmons Glacier to the north and a small ridge separates this glacier from the Whitman Glacier to the south, except for a small snowfield in which these two glaciers are connected. Most of the ice is located on a broad plateau at an elevation of 8,000 to 8,600 feet (2,400 to 2,600 m). The head of the Fryingpan Glacier is located to the northeast of the ridge and at the foothill of Little Tahoma Peak at around 9,100 to 9,800 feet (2,800 to 3,000 m). The glacier flows downhill eastward and the uneven topography causes the glacier surface to be crevassed The glacier ends on shallow to steep slopes at about 7,100 to 7,500 feet (2,200 to 2,300 m). Numerous snowfields and alpine meadows are located near the bottom and east of the glacier. Meltwater from the glacier drains into the White River.

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