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August 1, 2001 Souvenir Album:

Harriman Fjord


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Cascade glacier

Moving from College Fjord to Harriman Fjord, the Clipper Odyssey passed Cascade Glacier. As the name implies, the glacier strongly resembles a gigantic bowl of ice that has overflowed and cascaded down from the mountains. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Cataract glacier

Cataract Glacier starts from an ice field high in the mountains to the right, then executes a series of switchbacks before plunging into the sea. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Mount Muir

Mount Muir is named for the famed naturalist and resident "glacier expert" on the original Harriman Alaska Expedition, John Muir. The 7,640 foot peak has, appropriately, several hanging glaciers. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Harriman glacier

Harriman Glacier was "discovered" by the original Harriman Alaska Expedition and named by the participants in honor of their patron. At the time, the George W. Elder had to "sneak" into Harriman Fjord past other glaciers, but dramatic retreats of the ice have left the fjord easily navigable in 2001. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Hanging glaciers

Spectacular hanging glaciers top the mountains south of Harriman Glacier. To get some perspective on the size of these glaciers, note the Clipper Odyssey in the lower left portion of the photo. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Harriman glacier face

Looking at the terminus of Harriman Glacier from a Zodiac, the tortured ice is nearing the end of its journey down the valley to the sea. At this point the face of the glacier is as high as a twenty story building. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Harriman glacier edge

This is one view from the top of Harriman Glacier, looking down into the crumbling terminus as the ice meets the sea. This particular area is undermined by an under-ice river that, together with the effects of gravity and tidal forces at the terminus, finally shatter the glacier after its journey from the mountains. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Harriman glacier top

At the top of the glacier, at the glacier's southern edge, the surface is covered with a gritty layer of crushed rock, picked up by the glacier as it bulldozed its way to the sea. The rock ranges in size from a fine powder to sand, pebbles, and other stones up to the size of large houses. Note the large rock, about the size of a coffee table, at the lower left edge. At the center left edge of the picture you can see several people far below, standing on the moraine sandbar. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Harriman participants 1

Harriman participants 2

Harriman participants 3

These three photographs show most of the participants on the Prince Rupert to Homer leg of Harriman Expedition Retraced. The participants are pictured at the Clipper Odyssey's stern, around the swimming pool, with Harriman Glacier in the background. Though it was relatively "warm," the swimming pool was closed. However, at the right edge of the rightmost picture, you can see one of the chefs preparing a barbecue for an evening "barbecue at poolside." Holding an outdoor barbecue in front of a glacier is an unforgettable experience. (Photos by Kim Heacox).


Video

Harriman Glacier

Panoramic clip of Harriman Glacier as seen from the deck of the Clipper Odyssey, panning from the southern edge to the northern edge. The expedition scaled the terminus of the glacier on the south side, to the left in this clip. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 14 seconds, 2.3 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)

Harriman Fjord

One of countless nameless waterfalls found throughout the area, formed by runoff from melting ice and snow. This clip was taken from a Zodiac. (QuickTime format, 240 x 320 pixels, 9 seconds, 1.4 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)

Harriman Glacier

This clip was taken from the moraine sandbar in front of Harriman Glacier, panning from the north edge of the glacier to the south. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 12 seconds, 1.8 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)

Harriman Glacier

Taken from the top of the southern edge of Harriman Glacier, this clip pans around to show Harriman Fjord to the east and, briefly, the Clipper Odyssey in the distance. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 12 seconds, 1.8 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)


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