Thursday, June 19, 2014

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: Grand Pacific Glacier

The Grand Pacific Glacier gets listed in Alaska, but most of it is in the Yukon of Canada. Apparently ice pays little attention to national boundaries.

This glacier is 35 miles long and two miles wide in spots. Oh, and it's 900 feet thick at certain parts.

The glacier has fallen victim to climate change. It has fallen back quite a bit in the past century, since it filled the entire Tarr Inlet at one point. Recently the process has gotten faster. The Grand Pacific used to join with the Margerie Glacier.

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