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Glacier Bay is a bay in south-eastern Alaska, United States. It runs north northwest to south south-east for about 105 km (65 miles) between two pinchets of Alaska. It ranges from 5-30 km (3-20 miles) wide. Glacier Bay and the surrounding land is the site of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The area is a popular cruise ship destination.

The explorer Captain George Vancouver found Icy Strait, at the south end of Glacier Bay, choked with ice in 1794. Glacier Bay itself was almost entirely iced over. In 1879 naturalist John Muir found that the ice had retreated almost all the way up the bay. By 1916 Grand Pacific Glacier was at the head of Tarr Inlet, about 100 km (65 miles) from Glacier Bay’s mouth. This is the fastest documented glacial retreat ever. Scientists are hoping to learn how glacial activity relates to climate changes from the retreat.

A cruise ship dwarfed by the magnificence of Glacier BayPlants progressively moved in as the glacier retreated, so a 200-year-old spruce and hemlock forest presently exists at the entrance, grading up to more primitive plants such as mosses and lichens at the head of the bay. Because of current local climate change some glaciers are now retreating at a rate of up to a quarter of a mile per year. However, the glaciers are slightly larger now, than they were in the 1960s.

Glacier Bay contains sixteen glaciers, twelve of which reach shorelines and calved to produce icebergs.

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water, snow, glacier, ice, alaska, flight, helicopter, dog sledding

Comments

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Many thanks Lori, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    Ann this is really lovely beautifully capture.

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A wonderful shot Ann , amazing scenery x

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Ann!

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Ann.

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, I must go there!

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    gorgeous capture of an amazing place
    :)

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelover 4 years ago

    Great shot Anne!! How beautiful nature can be ☼

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3over 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial. Really great info. And the picture is a stunner.

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot and info.

  • Many thanks, greatly appreciated, it was a wonderful experience too,
    the whole cruise was wonderful, in fact not as cold as it looks, everywhere was so peaceful and calm, it was beautiful and in early May too, it was the Holland America Cruise Liner called the Volendam, highly recommended, the food was amazing too lol, Ann

    – AnnDixon

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