The Blueness Of Glacial Ice

Description: The Lamplaugh Glacier in in Glacier Bay National Park is receding and leaving behind a moraine.

In this case, the moraine starts where the bay ends as the glacier used to be a tidewater glacier; it used to reach the bay.

But now a bar of rocks and sand and ‘glacial flour’ (really sticky mud) sits in front of the glacier. A bar that is covered often at high tide but left bare at low tide.

Bare except for huge chunks of the blue glacial ice that spent who knows how long traveling down from the mountains 14 miles away.

Large chunks of blue glacial ice, as large as SUVs, sit on the ground in front of distant mountains in Glacier Bay National Park


Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, North America

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email)

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