Yukon cave changing, says geologist Jeff Bond

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Yukon cave changing, says geologist Jeff Bond
Yukon cave changing, says geologist Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond of the Yukon Geological Survey says there’s no doubt about it — the spectacular ice cave near Haines Juntion ain’t what it used to be.

“It’s definitely changing, it’s… ice is peeling off on the inside, and debris is falling off the front or, you know, the entrance and the far side as well,” he said.

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“You can see that there’s a fair amount of change that occurred last summer, likely.”

The glacial formation was once a bit of a local secret. But word eventually got out, and by last spring there were growing crowds of hikers, skiers and snowmobilers making the trek out to see it.

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That prompted the Geological Survey to warn people against entering the potentially unstable cave. It’s on public land, so there’s nothing to stop people from going.

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Bond says the visible changes over the last year show that people should still stay out.

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