Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Ranges

Wiewed from 30,000 feet, the Wrangell-St.Elias mountains look like little bumps on the glaciated landscape, however when viewed from the ground they are enormous. Below is an aerial view of the two highest peaks in the range, Mount St. Elias, elevation 18,008 feet, in the foreground, and Mount Logan, elevation 19,551. Mount Logan is believed to have the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth, with the massif containing eleven peaks over 16,400 ft.

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Saturday, June 11th, 2011
Icy Bay

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Icy Bay in the Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness west of Yakutat illustrates the rapid retreat of several glaciers during the past century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the bay entrance was permanently blocked by a giant tidewater glacier face that calved icebergs directly into the Gulf of Alaska. A century-long glacial retreat of, from left to right, the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall Glaciers has opened a multi-armed bay more than 30 miles long. Icy Bay ranks on the top of my list of dream destinations to explore by sea kayak.

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