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Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

More than two centuries ago, European explorers arrived at Glacier Bay to find it covered by one massive glacier. By 1879, when naturalist John Muir arrived at Glacier Bay, he noticed that the massive glacier had retreated, and the bay was now clogged with multiple smaller glaciers. Of course, Lamplugh, pictured here, at 8 miles long, doesn’t seem terribly small. It’s one of the seven tidewater glaciers that add some frozen Alaska drama to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, as they periodically slough off huge chunks of ice into the sea.

Lamplugh Glacier is an 8-mile-long glacier located in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in the U.S. state of Alaska. It leads north to its 1961 terminus in Johns Hopkins Inlet, 1.4 miles west of Ptarmigan Creek and 76 miles northwest of Hoonah. The glacier was named by Lawrence Martin of the U.S. Geological Survey around 1912 for English geologist George William Lamplugh, who visited Glacier Bay in 1884.