Glacial ice has a bluish cast because when light hits ice cystals, long
wavelength colors are absored while short wavelength colors reflect right
back through the ice to your eyes.
It rains about 80 inches a year near park headquarters, and in May and June each day there is over a 50% chance of sunshine.
Much of Glacier Bay is over 1,000 feet deep. What you see is just "the tip of the iceberg".
Minke, humpback and orca whales are sometimes spotted in Glacier Bay.
summer temperature is 45-67 F and the winter 18-37 F.
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The scenery throughout Glacier Bay was absolutely breaktaking. Glaciers form because snowfall in the high mountains exceeds snow-melt. The snowflakes first change to granular snow - round ice grains - but the accumulating weight soon presses it into solid ice. Eventually, gravity sets the ice flowing downslope at up to 7 feet per day. This photo clearly demonstrates the immense size of these glaciers.
There are beautiful
mountains like this throughout the park as well. Mount Fairweather
is the range's highest peak and stands at 15, 320 feet. Near Johns
Hopkins inlet, several peaks rise from sea level to 6,520 feet within just
4 miles of shore.