AK – College Fjord

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July 24, 2016 by Dr. G

AGU Penguin here, with my final exploration of the waterways of southeast Alaska (at least, for this trip). I saw there is a place called College Fjord in Prince William Sound, which turns out to be a fjord filled with glaciers named after colleges. I’m posing here with Harvard Glacier (the glacier that carved the fjord to begin with), which is 2 miles wide, 30 miles long, and has a front face of ~260 feet above sea level and another 100 feet below the water level. In 1899, American railroad executive Edward Harriman led an expedition by sea to this region with photographers, naturalists, artists, and their wives. He named each glacier after a college attended by one of his invited guests or the guest’s wife. There are so many more glaciers and so much more to explore. But now, it is time to head home to answer those emails, write those journal articles, etc. Thanks for the inspiration, Alaska! #guestgrammer #AGUpenguin #alaska #glacier #CollegeFjord

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College Fjord was an incredible surprise – a small area packed with some spectacular views and a novel story of the Ivy league college names. (more on the story of the glacier names – and why there is no Princeton glacier)

Off Prince William Sound, College Fjord is two miles wide and was carved by the Harvard Glacier. This collection of hanging and tidewater glaciers have exposed granite faces and are surrounded by Sitka spruce. Take a look!

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There’s so much more to study and learn from these glaciers, and with the retreat occurring, no one wants to see these colleges collapse! The boat trip to explore this fjord is a must-see for any glacier fan.

 

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