Aug 24, 2018 - National Geographic Quest
All around us this morning were glaciers, icebergs, and blue and clear ice as we cruised around on our Zodiacs in LeConte Bay. The ice formations fascinated us, and when one of the crystal towers plummeted into the water, the boom and splash created an enormous wave, making our entire Zodiac jump. The ice had many color variations, creating a spectacular display formed by different amounts of debris remaining within the iceberg. There were marbled murrelets (brachyramphus marmoratus) in the water, and, being very skittish, they dove into the ocean. This entire ecosystem is formed by a receding glacier which has made it unique and, although harsh, stunningly beautiful. As beautiful as it is, this environment is vulnerable to climate change, so all those who visit should conserve to protect this for future generations.
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