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STOCK ~ Fall Surrounds Matanuska Glacier ~ Chugach Mountains

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Wasilla, AK, United States

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© Deb Larson

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FEATURED IN HIGH QUALITY IMAGES ON 6-23-2011.
FEATURED IN SONY SHOOTERS ON 10-31-2009.
FEATURED IN ALASKA ~ BEYOND YOUR DREAMS ON 10-03-2009.

SONY A900; f/9; 1/200 sec.; ISO-200; 150 mm; Sony 4 – 5.6 70-400 SSM Lens.

Taken on 9-14-2009 from the paved lookout at mile 101.7 of the Glenn Highway. Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier and is located in the heart of the Chugach Mountains. It is 27 miles long by 4 miles wide and is the largest glacier in the United States that is accessible by car. Some 18,000 years ago, the glacier stretched all the way to the Palmer area. The meltwater drains into a stream which is the source of the Matanuska River. This is an active glacier that expands around a foot a day. An unusual feature of the glacier is the presence of a weather hole (an area/location that receives calmer weather than the surrounding area … thunderstorms often miss, or near which approaching storms often dissipate) making the weather unusually clear and sunny.

Information gathered from the The Milepost – Alaska 1995 edition and Wikipedia via the internet on 10-02-2009.

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