Hubbard Glacier (Close-Up) #1

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 December 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A close-up view of Hubbard Glacier showing its many layers/strata. In the foreground is the waters of Yakutat Bay, with the glacier's newest face of glacial layers revealed. The black/brown staining that you can see on the glacier is actually sediment and rock that is ground to a fine powdery dirt. This is caused by the glacier's slow movement from the background to the foreground, before calving/falling into the Bay. It takes about 400 years for ice to traverse the length of the glacier, meaning that the ice at the face of the glacier is about 400 years old. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs the size of a ten-story building. Where the glacier meets the Bay, most of the ice is below the waterline, and newly calved icebergs can shoot up quite dramatically, so ships must keep their distance from the edge of the glacier.

Photo captured September 13, 2015.

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Aminus3 Discover from United States

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29 Nov 2015 8:22am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

1 Dec 2015 5:44am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Couleurs douces superbes.
Merci pour les explications. )

1 Dec 2015 6:09am

Gérard from Marseille, France

The quantity of the various colors is spectacular with a very good depiction

1 Dec 2015 7:10am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating findings here . . a 'hot' topic, too.

1 Dec 2015 7:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Awesome view !!

1 Dec 2015 8:55am

yo from Ile de France, France

Très impressionnant ! Belles textures et couleurs !

1 Dec 2015 9:01am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe ta photo!!!! j'aime beaucoup!!!

1 Dec 2015 9:18am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A beautiful image with an informative explanation. I saw on a youtube video called, "Chasing Ice" that these glaciers are receding at an alarming rate due to global warming.

1 Dec 2015 11:40am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Fabulous photo !5*****

1 Dec 2015 11:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Top notch. fabulous Ice strata

1 Dec 2015 12:16pm


Nikon D7000
1/500 second
ISO 100
450 mm (35mm equiv.)


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