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 Calving along the face of the Marjorie Glacier, at the northern end of Glacier Bay. We were approximately 1/2 mile from the glacier when a huge tower slid into the bay. This is the 4th shot in a series that captures the action from the first sliding of ice to the wave radiating out from the glacier after the splashed water returned to the bay. On our 150 foot boat we all reached for the railing or another firm hold when the wave rocked us. Even the captain turned to see what was happening when the wave overtook us as we slowly moved away from the glacier.

The dark area immediately behind the wave is the Grand Pacific Glacier. The surface is black with rocks and soil picked up as the glacier flows and grinds its way to the bay. The face of Grand Pacific is approximately two miles from the Canadian border.

 

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