Friday, May 13, 2011

Icy Bay

Icy Bay is located along the coast of Alaska, northwest of Yakutat. It must be among the most amazing places on Earth. My colleague Chris Larsen has led a project there to study tidewater glaciers and icequakes. We went there to help him rescue a camera. Glacier pilot extraordinaire Paul Claus got us there in his Supercup

There are several glaciers entering the bay. We went to Yahtse, which is among the few advancing glaciers.
It is quite overwhelming to stand in front of this large and unstoppable mass of ice.

The small orange box contains a camera to monitor the glacier advance. We came just in time to move it ahead of the advancing ice.Back from a successful mission, Chris is contemplating the vastness of the place...
The mountain goats love the steep slopes here. They seemed to be about equally curious about us as vice versa.
And on the flight back: A nice view of Mount St. Elias and the Tyndall Glacier. You are looking at 5400 m (18,000 ft) of elevation difference in this picture!

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