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Cruising Alaska: May 2005

This narrow channel usually separates Disenchantment Bay from Russell Fiord. In 1986 and 2002, the glacier advanced and blocked this channel, backing up the waters of Russell Fiord. When that ice dam burst in 1986, the flow through this gap was twice the size of the lower Mississippi! In 2002, ships didn't approach the glacier at all due to the danger of that happening again (it turned out to be a much more gradual break).

This photograph is © 2005 by Cathy Small, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska