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Experience Alaska 

"Seeing the glaciers, you just feel so small. Think of all the centuries it took to create them."

Whether seen from the water at Glacier Bay, from the air, or up-close as you hike across a field of ice, your first sight of Alaska’s glaciers is transformative. You’ll find more glaciers in the Alaskan national parks than anywhere else, which keeps these ancient monuments of ice accessible to all, including scientists who are closely studying the role of glaciers in our changing climate.

Facts

  • Alaska is home to two-thirds of all the glaciers on earth.
  • Four Alaskan national parks preserve these glacial areas of great environmental significance.



Note: This Embedded video resides on the official Alaska National Parks YouTube channel

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Transcript
VISITOR: There it goes, there it goes.

NARRATOR: Alaska’s glaciers, unique, intriguing, captivating. People flock to national parks like Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords to experience them.

VISITOR: It’s mind boggling. Just the scale of it makes me feel microscopic.

VISITOR: It’s larger than life for sure. You don’t see this anywhere else on the face of the earth, anywhere.

ADRIANNA CAHILL (Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve): I think it’s a humbling experience you know , we're seeing this massive piece of ice fall from the glacier and it just reminds, you know, how amazing this world is and kind of how small we are and how we fit into it.

NARRATOR: Truly these are places where the ice age still lingers. Glaciers map the passage of time. Years of snowfall, long-exerted pressures, land rebounding as ice retreats. In their presence, visitors can really gain a sense how glaciers come into being and how they sculpt their surroundings.

VISITOR: As you travel up through Glacier Bay you have two hundred years of evolution and adaption and the changes are just happening in front of you.

NARRATOR: Glaciers are not only beautiful there are in no small part; measure of where we stand in a time of climate change. They enhance our scientific understanding as they impress us with their majesty.

LEWIS SHARMIN (Ecologist at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve): I’m not sure I have ever been to a place where the physical environment, the wildlife, the vegetation, and the change, the dynamic of retreating tidewater glaciers, land recovering, all happens in the same place in such a specular way. This is a magic place for me.

 ADRIANNA CAHILL: This is one of those transformative places where the experiences you have even in a day you can’t help but be changed by what you see, what you experience, what touches you.


NARRATOR: Dramatic. Novel. Illuminating. Experience Glaciers. Experience your Alaska.





 
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