Glacier Bay

Aug 14, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Today, National Geographic Venture entered Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. When captain George Vancouver made charts of Southeast Alaska in 1795, nearly the entire bay was filled by the Grand Pacific Glacier. When famed naturalist John Muir came to Glacier Bay in 1879, the glacier had already retreated 45 miles up the bay. Today, we traveled 65 miles through the bay to reach the tidewater glaciers. This relatively rapid retreat has uncovered a rugged and beautiful landscape, and as the ice melted plants and animals returned to the bay. This is a land that has been reborn from under the ice.

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About the Author

David Spiegel

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David grew up in the Seattle area, where he fell in love with nature through outdoor sports in the Pacific Northwest. He first picked up a camera during a 14-day Grand Canyon river trip at the age of 18. Little did he know that his hobby would morph into a lifelong passion and career. He moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in International Political Economy from Colorado College. After receiving his degree, he applied his passion for media to documenting watershed conservation issues in the Colorado River Basin states through the lens of a 900-mile-long river expedition in 2012.

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