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:
Glacier Power site
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)
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