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Glacier Bay National Park

Fueled by prodigious winter snows, a dozen of majestic tidewater glaciers cascade off the 15,300 ft (4,590m) Fairweather Mountain Range. These rivers of ice ends their journey in a dramatic plunge by calving into Glacier Bay.

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Grand Pacific Glacier

Johns Hopkins Glacier

Margerie Glacier

Reid Glacier

The Grand Pacific Glacier originally covered this entire area with ice. Between 1794 and 1916 the glacier retreated 65 miles (!) and created the current Glacier Bay.

Impressive is the view over the 12 miles long Johns Hopkins Glacier, named after Johns Hopkins, an American philanthropist and founder of the eponymous university. The glacier is receeding again ...

This 11 mile long glacier is the fastest moving of the tidewater glaciers at Glacier Bay NP and trends north to Reid Inlet. It is moving at an average rate of about 8 feet per day and the three quarters of a mile wide face rises 150 feet above the water line.The Glacier was named after Harry Fielding Reid, who led expeditions to Glacier Bay in 1890 and 1892.

The Margerie Glacier, with a length of 20 miles, flows from Mount Root down to Tarr Inlet. In recent years the glacier has been stable . It was named after the French geographer and geologist Emmanuel de Margerie who visited Glacier Bay in 1913.

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