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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hubbard Glacier

By far one of the most amazing sights on our entire cruise was seeing the Hubbard Glacier in Glacier Bay.
Unfortunately although the day had dawned sunny and bright, as we got closer to Yakutat Bay the clouds closed in. This was our first glimpse of the glacier.

 As we sailed into the bay we began to see large ice flows around us.
 The color of the water was green!
 What a contrast to the deep greens on the mountain slopes.
 Before Hubbard Glacier meets the sea it is joined to the west by Victoria Glacier.
 As we sailed into the bay we were surrounded by icebergs of all sizes. It seemed surreal to think that 90% of the ice was below the surface.
 The deeper the blue of the ice, the more dense it is and the less oxygen it has.
It takes 400 years for the ice to traverse the length of the glacier so the ice we were seeing was 400 years old! Incredible!
Hubbard Glacier is a tidewater glacier which has it's source in the Yukon in northern Canada and stretches 122 km or 76 miles to the sea at Yakutat Bay and Disenchantment Bay.

 Hubbard has an open calving face over 10 km or 6.2 miles long!
 We could see the ice break off before we heard the loud boom.

 It was incredible and words really cannot even begin to express it all!


trudymiles said...

I'm loving all your pictures, Doris. Keep 'em coming! Your Alaska trip sounds fantastic...I know you had a great time.

Karin said...

Wow, such stunning photos! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anneliese said...

Wow! I am surprised by the color!