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This aerial view shows the last portion of the McBride Glacier before it meets the ocean in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The McBride Glacier is the most active glacier and only tidewater glacier in the Muir Inlet, is retreating. Muir Inlet can be seen in the upper right of the photo.
The dark line of rock debris is called called a medial moraine. A medial moraine is formed when two glaciers meet and the debris on the edges of the adjacent valley sides join and are carried on top of the glacier.
Glacier Bay National Park is located in southeast Alaska. Known for its spectacular tidewater glaciers, icefields, and tall costal mountains, the park is also an important marine wilderness area. The park a popular destination for cruise ships, is also known for its sea kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Glacier Bay National Park is home to humpback whales which feed in the park's protected waters during the summer, both black and grizzly bears, moose, wolves, sea otters, harbor seals, steller's sea lions and numerous species of sea birds.
The dynamically changing park, known for its large, contiguous, intact ecosystems, is a United Nations biosphere reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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