Glacier Photos – Stock Photos of Alaska Glaciers

A selected portfolio of professional stock photos of glaciers. You’ll find tidewater glacier photos from  the St. Elias Mountains, in southeast Alaska, as well as piedmont glaciers from the interior of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Glacier photos include photos of glaciers calving into the ocean, deep crevasses, ogives and banding, medial, lateral and terminal moraines, and more.

Glaciers are formed when the rate of snowpack over each winter is greater than the rate of snowmelt in the summer. The process is ongoing and takes thousands of years. As the snowpack builds up over time, gravity forces it forward, and it (generally) carves its way down a mountain slope. Glaciers that terminate in the ocean, such as Hubbard Glacier or Malaspina Glacier, are called tidewater glaciers. Glaciers whose terminus is on land, in a valley or lake or by a mountainside, are called piedmont glaciers. Kuskulana Glacier is a pediment glacier, as the Bagley Icefield (the largest non polar icefield in the world).

Some of Alaska’s better known glaciers include Malaspina Glacier, Root Glacier, Tana Glacier, Hubbard Glacier and Kennicott Glacier. The St. Elias Mountain Range, in southeast Alaska, are home to some of the larger glaciers in North America.

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More Notes about Glacier Photos

Roughly 10% of earth is covered with glacial ice, and these glaciers store over 70% of the world’s freshwater. In Washington state alone, glaciers provide 1.8 trillion liters (470 billion gallons) of water each summer.
Most of the glaciers in the US are in Alaska, and the longest glacier in Alaska is the Bering Glacier, at 127 miles long. The Bagley Icefield is longer, but as it doesn’t “flow” it’s an ice field, not a true glacier. Many other glaciers flow off the Bagley, however.

With global climate change a reality, the earth is now between ice ages, and another Ice Age is probably due in several thousand years. Glaciers are good indicators of climate change, and offer valuable signals as to these processes and changes.

The blue ice often seen in glacier photos is a function of the density of the ice. As the weight of the accumulating snow forces any remaining air out of the ice, the ice crystals absorbs all other colors from the spectrum, and reflect blue. As glacial ice becomes exposed to the air, air bubbles find their way into the ice, and the ice loses its deep blue color and becomes whiter.

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