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RogerTheShrubber
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Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.

Every few weeks I put up something about the unique nature of the area I live. One of the most incredible features, and the one that has shaped the physical features of this area is the Juneau Icefield. It's been described as one of the top natural wonders of the world, just not many people get to see it, or even know about it.




Here is a photo from above Douglas Island where I live, looking toward Juneau (on the waterfront) and the Icefield.

Image: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4H91FqzZSUc/UAsa6w1L9_I/AAAAAAAABK0/tMZm6pqlUQ4/s1600/Juneau+Icefield+011.jpg


The icefield is about 1,500 sq. miles and at it's deepest, around 5,000 ft thick. It spawns well over 35 glaciers including some of our "backyard glaciers" here in town.

Wiki Article

Heliskiing

Heli-trek

Climbing Mendenhall Towers

Image: http://glacierchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/P1010112.jpg


The ice field spills over into BC about 35 miles away and you can ski across to Atlin, BC. It's a local playground and tourist area. Visitors can take helicopter tours to the glacier to sightsee, trek or even dogsled.

Image: http://collectivetravelradio.com/assets/images/munis/alaska/juneau/Icefield-Flightseeing.jpg


Locals access the ice caves on a trail system near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Image: http://images.morris.com/images/juneaucw/mdControlled/cms/2011/02/25/790505188.jpg


For the studious, you can spend a summer on the icefield as part of JIRP, the Juneau Icefield Research Project.

Video


JIRP video


Couple more videos about the icefield

Blue Obsession movie trailer

Blue Obsession


Flightseeing


Just one of the great N. American icefeilds still in existence. This one, literally a short hike from a Capitol city. The glaciers spawn some of the awesome rivers we fish, raft, and kayak as well as create the beautiful valleys here in SE.



Image: http://www.americanforests.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Mendenhall-Glacier-in-Tongass.jpg


Image: http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1168/925242840_94378f9f43_z.jpg


Image: http://www.alaska-in-pictures.com/data/media/7/man-and-taku-river_116.jpg


This post was edited on 2/16 at 3:04 am



dandug001
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Shreveport
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
beautiful pics. looks cold.


RogerTheShrubber
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Juneau, AK
Member since Jan 2009
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
It can get pretty warm on the icefield during the summer. Reflection of the rays is pretty intense.


Jibbajabba
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Louisiana
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
I wish with all my wishes to go to Alaska someday to see stuff like this. Alaska hands down has got to have the most natural beauty in N America.

The only downside? The women are ugly and few and far between ;). Thats just what Ive heard.


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Bama and Beer
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
So I'm gonna guess no black people live in Alaska


KingRanch
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
We should move there.


Bama and Beer
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
frick that. I'm not trading the beach and hot women for cool pics. Sorry


KingRanch
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
I was talking about your previous post


Bama and Beer
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
Ive learned to deal with if for 26 years. I think I can Handle it


KingRanch
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
Fair enough


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Nodust
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KingRanch
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
And that mangy squirrel thing


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Helo
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
Great pics.
Makes me want to go even more.


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Nodust
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
You ever see any fish wheel traps on the rivers there?

I watched a show about them. Good way to stock up on a winters worth of fish.


4LSU2
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
quote:

We should move there.


I'm game when the secret gets out about the Northshore.


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Nodust
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
The Heliskiers are some crazy mofos


tigerfootball123
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
You ever been in the ice caves beneath the glacier?


JAB528
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re: Juneau Icefield, spectacular and unique.
quote:

Ive learned to deal with if for 26 years. I think I can Handle it


Wish I could figure it out...


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aVatiger
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amazing


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aVatiger
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quote:

Ive learned to deal with if for 26 years. I think I can Handle it


it's gonna worse before it gets better

to me hell on earth is spending a weekend at the beach during black college spring break


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