Birthing Ground For Glaciers

photo of the week for Tuesday, 2011, August 23
Photographer: Kurt Repanshek

The main attraction of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve for many is its glaciers, seven of which are "tidewater" glaciers, or glaciers that run down and spill into the ocean.

While most of the park's glaciers are in retreat, one of the seven tidewater glaciers that continues to grow is the Johns Hopkins Glacier, which runs below Mount Salisbury, a 12,000-foot peak that catches abundant amounts of snow from Pacific-born storms.

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