Muir Point, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

A pair of northeast-looking photographs, both taken from the same shoreline location near Muir Point, Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, that document changes that have occurred during the 104 years between June 1899 and September 2003. The 1899 photograph shows the calving terminus of Muir Glacier, near its confluence with Adams Glacier. No vegetation is visible. The 2003 photograph documents the disappearance of Muir and Adams Glaciers from the field of view. Muir Glacier has retreated more than 25 miles to the north. Note the extensive vegetation that has developed.

Photos from San Francisco Chronicle

Photographers:
1899 - USGS Photo Library Photograph - Gilbert 278
2003 - NPS Photograph by Karpilo

 

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