Glacier Bay National Park

Cruise Day 5

Alaska

September 2009

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Lots of tidewater glacier shots, well it is Glacier Bay... Most shots are of the Margerie Glacier...


 

A fishing charter boat dodges the bergs...

Everyone was waiting for some glacier calving and listening for the big cracks as the glacier shifted... this pinnacle looked promising, but it managed to stay upright...

 

But some smaller nearby ones did tumble...

 

 

 

Looking up the valley...

 

A better sense of scale... this boat is still some distance from the glacier... the glacier is 250 feet high above the water and up to 350 feet below...



A small berg showing how much ice lurks beneath even the smallest surface fragment... 


Bald eagle taking a breather... We also saw lots of sea otters, which were fantastic, but were too small for my photo's to do them any justice...



Lamplugh Glacier...

 



Melt water gushing from a tunnel in the glacier...







It was a gloomy day, but that did mean the blue in the glaciers stood out more (It's blue because the ice in the glacier absorbs shorter red and green wavelengths)...

 




Miche with the moraine covered Grand Pacific Glacier in the background...this is two miles wide and adjoins the Margerie, but is on the other side of the border in Canada...


 

You can see clearly where freshwater glacier melt met the salt water of the inlet...





A glacier that has retreated to higher ground...





John Hopkins Glacier... this one is the only major tidewater glacier in the Park that is advancing into the sea...



Tonight's creation... the monkey...




 



Cabin fever?



Next port of call - College Fjord

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