The Tongass above the city
The Tongass above the clouds
From the Airport
From the docks
This what it was like for two days
A very low ceiling
A look into the forest
"The woods are lovely dark and deep"
~The Mendenhall Glacier~
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Looming high above a lone runner
The runner returns as I approach
The Mendenhall Glacier from above
A closer look at the blue ice
And from the Visitor's Center
The glacier face
And a closeup
A huge glacial boulder dragged down the mountainside by the
ice, it may have taken 200 years
The waterfall that moved. This waterfall used to come out of the
face of the glacier before it receded
Nugget Creek ran under the glacier long ago and formed an ice cave. The water then exited at the glacier's face and spilled over the rocky ridge at Photo Point in a cascading waterfall. The photo below, taken from an information sign, shows what it once looked like. As the glacier retreated the waterfall moved back upstream.
The old waterfall (a photo of a photo USNPS)
The waterfall close up
Glacier etchings in a glacial rock
A mysterious glacial pond
A last look as I left
Ponds like the one pictured are the remains of large chunks of ice left in the glacial silt by receding glaciers. The melted ice drains away and the resulting depressions are filled with rainwater creating these ponds which become habitat for aquatic creatures.
The photo of the glacier taken as I left shows three icebergs, which were recently calved from the Mendenhall.
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