Glaciers

Glaciers

Photo of Glacier

The United States is home to 75,000 square kilometers of glacial ice, most of which is found in Alaska. Several ice fields give rise to thousands of glaciers that range in depth from a few dozen feet thick to over 4500 feet. Some flow as far as sea level to calve off in the ocean while others slide to the floors of valleys or cling to the sides of mountains. Among Alaska's well-known glaciers are the Mendenhall glacier, accessible by the

Juneau road system, the many active tidewater glaciers of Glacier Bay, and the largest glacier in North America, the Bering Glacier, stretching over 122 miles in length. Where glaciers have retreated, steep-walled valleys are left behind, forming the fjords of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Many communities offer tours to view glaciers, ice fields, and fjords by bus, plane, helicopter, or boat.

For comprehensive and accessible information on glaciers, visit these sites:

UAF Glacier Power site

USGA glacier site

Alaska Facts

State Nick Name: "The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

State Motto: "North to the Future"

State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277 (2015 Estimate of Population, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Alaska Map:

Map of Alaska

Alaska Flag:

Alaska state flag is dark blue with yellow stars in the shape of the big dipper with the North star

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