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The Muir Inlet of the East Arm of Glacier Bay in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve offers some of the best sea kayaking in the park. The turquoise color of the water is caused by the minerals contained in “rock flour;” the material that tidewater glaciers release as the glaciers grind rocks into dust on their way to the sea. This aerial view is looking south, down the Muir Inlet. Pictured are: The Nunatak and Nunatak Cove (left foreground); Westdahl Point (right foreground), Stump Cove, the entrance to Wachusett Inlet; Hunter Cove, Rowlee Point, Point McLeod (middle right); Sealers Island (enter); Maquinna Cove (center background); Adams Inlet (center background to left background); Tree Mountain, Mount Case, Mount Right; Garforth Island, Sturgess Island, North Marble Island, South Marble Island, Willoughby Island, the northernmost islands of the Beardslee Island (upper right background); Sitakaday Narrows and the entrance to Glacier Bay (furthermost upper right background).
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in southeast Alaska. Known for its spectacular tidewater glaciers, icefields, and tall costal mountains, the park is also an important marine wilderness area. The park a popular destination for cruise ships, is also known for its sea kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Glacier Bay National Park is home to humpback whales which feed in the park's protected waters during the summer, both black and grizzly bears, moose, wolves, sea otters, harbor seals, steller's sea lions and numerous species of sea birds.
The dynamically changing park, known for its large, contiguous, intact ecosystems, is a United Nations biosphere reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The effects of a warming climate are easily seen here. It is a place where can you witness geological change firsthand — change that is normally measured in millennia.
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