Glacier Bay Glaciers Give Birth
You’ve heard the phrase, “ … just the tip of the iceberg.” Typically, 90 percent of an iceberg is submerged, and only 10 percent is visible above the water. So you never know the exact configuration of the rest that lurks below the surface. That’s what is meant by … just the tip of the iceberg – it’s just the beginning of the problem.
Since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, icebergs have held a rather curious, if not somewhat feared, fascination for many folks. The Webster definition is this: “a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier and carried out to sea.”
One doesn’t have to travel far to view a real iceberg and its “birth.” Alaska is loaded with glaciers (100,000 of them) and icebergs. In fact, Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska boasts a dozen tidewater glaciers alone. And several of those are daily giving birth or “calving” icebergs into the bay. It’s a spectacular sight and sound when giant pieces of ice crack off the head of a glacier and fall into the sea. (check out the video below)
Margerie Glacier is the premier icy landmark in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Named for the French geographer and geologist Emmanuel de Margerie who visited the bay in 1913, it is 21 miles long and stands a few feet taller than the Statue of Liberty at 350 feet – though some of that footage is submerged.
More visitors are experiencing this awe inspiring natural phenomenon with a front row seat. You can too. To reach Glacier Bay National Park, there are many flights in and out of Juneau or Gustavus, Alaska.
Check out this video below of a massive glacier calving