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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