Glacier Bay National Park: La Perouse Glacier

When Capt. George Vancouver explored the area in 1794, Glacier Bay didn't exist: the Grand Pacific Glacier filled it almost all the way out to its mouth at Icy Strait. But when John Muir visited in 1879, the ice had retreated 30 miles, leaving behind the steep-sided fjord known as Glacier Bay. By 1916 the ice had retreated the full 60-mile length of the bay, & the massive Grand Pacific ended at the head of Tarr Inlet.


This is the smaller(!) LaPerouse Glacier on the ocean side of Glacier Bay National Park. The bay itself runs inland on the far side of that mountain range. It's hard to get a true sense of the scale here, but those little textury green things are mature spruce trees, & the visible peak is 7588 ft; Mt.. La Perouse beyond rises to 10,728 ft (3270 meters).


Interestingness: #10 on 19 March 2005

  • Eric Heupel 10y

  • LaserGuided 9y

    A very nice shot. Beautiful!
  • B e r n a 9y

    ... a great foto !!! - you should join -
  • amuse 9y

    That is the bst photo I have seen of Glacier Bay. I had the chance to see it last summer on my road trip.
    Congradulations on a fantastic capture.
  • Anita Gould 9y

    I'm honored -- thank you, Kitten! Isn't it a fantastic place? And that must have been quite a road trip! How did you see Glacier Bay on a road trip? Alaska State Ferry?
  • Peter Ellis 9y

    Wow! This is spectacular! Great shot!
  • Randy Lloyd 9y

    Great photo, awsome setting.
  • Plamen Petrov 9y

    A perfect landscape... what else to say...
  • Il etait une fois 9y

    It's an awesome sight!
  • Rob West 9y

    this is as good as it gets !!!
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    This image has been added to the Flickr Museum for making explore's top 25. Kudos! You can check it out HERE...

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  • lassenmads 7y

    Dear Anita

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  • ideastoday 7y

    Cool photo. Your comment about the retreat of the ice is absolutely correct. It's also a pretty strong indication that global warming was going on a long time before human factors came into play.
  • Anita Gould 7y

    I didn't want to let this pass without comment, although nor do I want get sucked into a long debate on global warming. Suffice it to say that I hope you're not implying that anthropogenic sources of global warming are not the most important factor in today's climate change. Anyone who chooses not to believe the scientific consensus on that point is suffering from a bad case of wishful thinking.
  • ideastoday 7y

    I certainly don't wish (or intend) to debate the causes of global warming and their relative significance. I do, however, believe the original statement is very interesting and the timeline speaks for itself.
  • Bachspics 7y

    My compliments on your beautiful image!!

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  • Helen Rogers 7y

    Wow, this really captures the power of the glacier. You have a good eye!
  • Darrell Colby 6y

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