The Southeast Alaskan Wilderness

The glorious mountain range

Earth Science

This amazing wonder of the world can be found in the southeast tip of Alaska.

  • 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains in Alaska
  • dynamic glaciers, temperate rain forest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords
  • tides at the national park can changes as much as 25 feet from high tide to low tide
  • these glaciers were discovered in 1796 and since then they have been the fastest retreating glaciers in the world

How many people are going to this great wonder?

In 2010 there was about 400,000 people or more who visited the park. Glacier Bay is ranked 46th in attendance.

History of Glacier Bay Park

The history of this place is very short and sweet a man named William S. Cooper who was a scientist found this place and was fascinated by everything he found. He shared his finding with his colleagues and they all banded together to come up with a way to keep this place wild and free. They wanted to ensure that everything unfolded the way it should for the glaciers and the animals. Cooper had known about how Captain Cook had come there in 1776 and made a rough map and also how Tingit people had lived there for countless generations.

A Getaway to Glacier Bay National Park?

This national park is a sight to see and has something for everyone. The adventure is never ending and the possibility are endless.

If you are someone who likes winter or the cold there are so many things you can go see. It is said that if you want to see a glimpse of what the ice age might have looked like that is the place to go. there are massive glaciers there and you can find rivers that have carved into the mountains.

There is also things for the earth junkys that are all about their rocks and tectonic plates. Mount Fairweather is known to stand approximately 3 miles tall and is growing every year. This is due to the fact that the Pacific and North American crust plates are colliding.

Now if your not into either of those things we still have a variety of wildlife that you could checkout. There are cruises you can go on to see a humpback whale and the otters and seals. You are also able to see the glaciers on this cruise.

Wild Life

Water Mammals

  • Humpback Whales
  • Harbor Seal
  • Sea Otters

Land Mammals

  • Black Bears
  • Brown Bears

Bartlett Cove Songbirds

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Winter Wren
  • Hermit's Thrush
  • Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Yellow-rumpled Warbler

  • American Dipper

Other Birds


  • Puffins
  • Gulls
  • Guillemots
  • Cormorants
  • Phalaropes
  • Marble Murrelets
  • Redpolls
  • Pine Siskins
  • Chickadees
  • Fox sparrows

Just the facts

  • The tallest mountain ( Mount Fairweather ) in Glacier Bay National Park was named by Captain James Cook in 1778
  • Glacier Bay is home to one of the most different black bears due to the facts that its fur coat bluish color. Science believe this maybe a result from living near the glaciers
  • Known as the place being reborn where life is flourishing again
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