There is nothing more impressive than coming around a corner and finding yourself facing a glacier! I thought for today I would share some photos that I shot when I last visited the Mendenhall Glacier! This glacier 13 miles from the capital city of Juneau Alaska. The glacier is receding glacier. It has an area of about 37 square miles. So let’s take a look at this glacier!
Mendenhall Glacier and Lake
Wind blows off the top of the glacier making this area 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding valley. The front facing edge of the glacier still calves and the resulting icebergs float on Mendenhall Lake.
As the ice melts, it carries with it glacial silt. This silt makes the water cloudy. It almost looks milky and this is why the call water carrying this silt Mother’s Milk. This photo shows you where the silt is mixing with the lake water…
While the glacier might look as if it is just sitting there, it is not. It it constantly moving. As it moves it shapes the landscape around it. The rounded peaks surrounding this glacier have been smoothed by the moving ice.
Rounded mountain tops
This glacier is just one of the 38 that come off of the Juneau ice field. Nearby, a hiking trail takes you to a massive waterfall. To give you perspective of how large this waterfall is, check out how small the people seem to be as they stand viewing it.
Nugget Creek Falls
Inside the visitor center there was a chunk of the glacier. It is 200 years old, and I got to touch it!
200 year old glacial ice
One final shot of a part of the glacier up close. On cloudy days the ice is blue. To give you an idea of the size of this glacier, see if you can find the rafters!
A close up of the glacier
I hope that you enjoyed this little trip to the Mendenhall Glacier! Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^