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A retired Forestry man runs a charter operation to the Le Conte Glacier. He was really knowledgeable about the birds in the area. He said this was the most active glacier in Alaska, and was pleased that the ice was open enough that we were able to get in close to the glacier. The sound of the ice breaking loose is impressive.

PP: Increase sturation. I should have incresed sharpness and decreased noise as it was taken from a bobbing boat. Unfortuately, I thought of it after I uploaded the picture.

According to www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/forest_facts/resources/geology/stikineicefields.htm

Ice from both LeConte and Shakes break from the glaciers and float near the glacier face. Boating too close to the face of a calving glacier is not recommended; calving (breaking off icebergs) is unpredictable and may occur at any time above or below the water surface. An additional note of caution - LeConte is famous for its underwater calving events, which can shoot icebergs, or "shooters" out 500 yards or more from the face of the glacier. These calving events and the waves they produce can be hazardous to boaters. LeConte calves often, continually sending icebergs into a spectacular 10-mile-long glacial fiord. The bay is frequently so full of icebergs that it is difficult to boat to within view of the glacier.

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