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Witness bio-diversity: Evolution unfolding@ sacred grounds of Glacier Bay!

August 18, 2012

If the Kinect brings your living room alive in a social and accessible way, a passage through Glacier Bay is more than a live journey through geography. it’s a journey through time. in roughly the 65 miles that you traverse, begining in modern age and finishing in the ice age. you travel north from forested lower bay to the rocky, icy upper bay. You pass through hundreds of bold changes and subtle transitions where plants and animals pioneer new ground and surprise even the most seasoned observers of nature.
A bear crosses a glacier. A moose swims an inlet. A seedling spuce emerges from granite, reaching for the sky. Life is tough and tenacious here. No wonder Glacier Bay holds powerful stories, and attracts scientists, preservationists, and travellers from around the world.

Wildness: Remote, Dynamic, and Intact
And so we arrive in Glacier Bay, a land reborn, a world returning to life, a living lesson in resilience. If ever we needed a place to intrigue and inspire us, to help us see all that’s possible in nature and ourselves, this is it. Glacier Bay is a homeland, a natural lab, a wilderness, a national park, a United Nations biosphere reserve, and a world heritage site. Not a bad resume for a young land, a new sea. Just 250 years ago, Glacier Bay was all glacier and no bay. A massive river of ice, roughly 100 miles long and thousands of feet deep, occupied the entire bay.
Today, that glacier is gone, having retreated north. Fewer than a dozen smaller tidewater glaciers remain. Impressive in themselves, sequestered at the heads of their inlets in the upper bay, they flow from tall coastal mountains to the sea, and calve great shards of ice that bejewel cold waters with diamond like bergs. They are witnesses to change, these rivers of ice. They invite us to slow down and breathe deeply of the cool ice age air, and to imagine, if only for a day, the way things used to be.
Source: National Park Service, US Department of the Interior

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