Glaciolacustrine Life

Glaciers are my favorite thing about living in Alaska.

portage glacier


Which makes today one of my most favorite days of living here so far.

a gathering of icebergs


Huge chunks of ice have been calving off of Portage Glacier in recent days. A few of these icebergs have made their way across the lake to just outside the Visitor Center (thanks to the williwaw winds that also bring us that cold, sideways rain).

Portage Glacier is a lacustrine glacier, meaning that it acts like a tidewater glacier but instead of dropping into the ocean it’s dropping into a lake (the USFS might explain it better). This type of glacier is a bit rare from what I understand. It’s pretty cool that I get to live next door to one…

largest lacustrine icebergs I’ve ever seen


There’s no better way to start your day than happening upon an unexpected iceberg. If you don’t know this from personal experience, just trust me that it’s true.

 

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Glaciolacustrine Life

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