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Glacier Bay National Park is a national park in Alaska. The area around Glacier Bay in southeastern Alaska was first proclaimed a U.S. National Monument on February 25, 1925. It was changed to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Dec. 2, 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park in the southeastern part of Alaska west of Juneau. The park area was included in an International Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park covers 5,130 mi² (13,287 km²). Most of the park is a designated wilderness area which covers 4,164 mi² (10,784 km²) of the park.

Visualization of Glacier Bay, based on Landsat imagery and USGS elevation data
No roads lead to the park and it is most easily reached by air travel. During some summers there are ferries to the small community of Gustavus or directly to the marina at Bartlett Cove. Despite the lack of roads, there are over 400,000 visitors per year, most on cruise ships. 1
Glaciers descending from high snow capped mountains into the bay create spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formation. In the last century, the most dramatic was probably the Muir Glacier. The calving face was nearly 2 mi (3.2 km) wide and about 265 ft (81 m) high. In the 1990s, the Muir Glacier receded to the point that it was no longer a tidewater glacier. Most visitors today see the Margerie and Lamplugh Glaciers.
Joseph Whidbey, master of the Discovery during George Vancouver’s 1791-95 expedition, found Icy Strait, at the south end of Glacier Bay, choked with ice in 1794. Glacier Bay itself was almost entirely iced over.2 In 1879 naturalist John Muir found that the ice had retreated almost all the way up the bay, a distance of around forty-eight miles. By 1916 the Grand Pacific Glacier was at the head of Tarr Inlet about 65 mi (105 km) from Glacier Bay’s mouth. This is the fastest documented glacier retreat ever.[citation needed] Scientists are hoping to learn how glacial activity relates to climate changes from the retreat.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes nine tidewater glaciers. Four of these glaciers actively calve icebergs into the bay.
Wildlife in the area includes both grizzly and black bears, moose, sitka blacktail deer, mountain goats, dall sheep, wolves, lynx, sea otters, harbor seals, steller’s sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, gulls, waterfowl, and salmon.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Definately a favourite Ann! So beautiful:)

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Wow so beautiful Ann, what a lovely and inspirational view

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 3 years ago

    Stunning shot Ann! It looks like the weather really cooperated too!

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hope you are well, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    beautiful Ann

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 3 years ago

    Stunning Ann

  • Thank you so much Barry, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2over 3 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 3 years ago

    Wonderful photo Ann – just like something out of a tour guide! Great piece of work indeed.
    Peter

  • Thank you so much Peter, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time (don’t do heat very well), this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Jacqueline Wilkinson
    Jacqueline Wil...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful scene

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful mountains! Just beautiful!

  • Thank you so much, its such a beautiful and wonderful place, it wasn’t as cold as it looked as it was May time, this was taken from the Cruise Liner, we later in the week flew by Helicopter to the summit of the Glacier to the Dogs, then went dog sledding, wonderful experience, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

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