Glaciers..

The Grand Pacific glacier is advancing slowly for the last few years, as is the Lamplugh glacier, this is my most favorite one, it calves quite often, and it did when we were floating around in front of it, Lamplugh glacier is fed by the Brady Ice field which is why it still advancing at quite the rapid speed.   It is a tide water glacier.   The best part really was that we could come so close to it with the boat, and, naturally, a hug chunk of ice broke off, with a loud bang, and yes, i just happened to be down below for 2 minutes!!!  GGRRRRR……           So i didnt get a photo of that but i took lots of other , great shots.  When we were floating around , to the North side of the glacier, the weather was calm, no wind at all, but when we decided to slowly move around the glacier, pointing South, a 35 knot wind hit us sideways!!!    talk about being surprised!!      This is a katabatic wind, it comes from radiational cooling of air on top of a plateau of mountain or glacier, the air will flow downwards ,gaining speed, it can actually reach hurricane speeds of wind, but the 35 knots was impressive enough!!      Katabatic comes from the Greek word katabasis , meaning descending.

HOONAH GLACIER BAY BLUE MOUSE COVE 309Lamplugh glacier.

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