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Streamflow/Runoff Data From Phelan Creek near Paxson, Gulkana Glacier, Alaska

Description

The "Phelan Creek near Paxson" stream-gaging station, USGS station 15478040, is part of the USGS network of nearly 100 stations in Alaska. Data collection and analysis are conducted by standard techniques developed by the USGS. Daily values of discharge are generally reported along with those for the rest of Alaska in annual publications of the USGS Water-Data Report series, and available on-line (see links below).

LOCATION: Lat 6314'27"N., Long 14528'03"W., 1,125 m altitude, in SW 1/4 sec.28, T.19 S., R.12 E., Hydrologic Unit 19020102, on left bank about 1 km downstream from terminus of Gulkana Glacier and 23 km north of Paxson, Alaska.

DRAINAGE AREA: 32 km2 .

PERIOD OF RECORD: October 1966 to September 1978, October 1989 to September 1993, October 1994 to current year, and annual maximums, water years 1984-85. Before October 1968, published as Gulkana Creek near Paxson.

Stage and Discharge Data and Graphs

Near real-time 30-minute values via GOES satellite telemetry (for last 14 days, adjustable up to 31 days)

Historical daily values
    Through 9/30/2001 (see period of record above) from NWIS on-line database 
    Recent daily values data (for last month, adjustable up to 24 months)

Annual Values
    3-glacier summary for period of record

NOTE: Records are poor. The creek bed is composed of typical ground-moraine material: poorly-sorted gravel and small boulders. The channel is subject to frequent changes during high flows. Large fluctuations result from ice melt and alternate damming and storage release during melt season. Typical winter under-ice discharge is about 0.1 m3/s; typical summer discharge is about 4-20 m3/s; the period-of-record peak discharge is 65 m3/s (Linn and others, 1994). The typical minimum winter under-ice discharge is about 0.04 m3/s, which is about three to four times the average contribution from the combined geothermal melt of the bed of the glacier and melting caused by the loss of potential energy from ice motion.

Maps and Photos

Basin Map
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Basin Map, click for enlargement, 38 KB
Photo of gage site
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Phelan Creek Streamgage Photo, click for enlargement, 97 KB.
 

Related Information

Circular 1123: The Stream-Gaging Program of the U.S.
    Geological Survey
Explanation of stream-gaging terms

Connections

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Maintainer: Rod March
Last update: Monday, December 27, 2010 05:06 PM
URL: http://ak.water.usgs.gov/glaciology/gulkana/streamflow/index.html