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Columbia Glacier, Valdez

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
The Columbia Glacier is a glacier in Prince William Sound on the south coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, is one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, and has been retreating since the early 1980s. It was named after Columbia University, one of several glaciers in the area named for elite U.S. colleges by the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899. The head of the main branch of the glacier originates at the saddle between Mount Witherspoon and Mount Einstein.

The Alaska Marine Highway vessel M/V Columbia is named after the Columbia Glacier.

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  • We did a helicopter tour with Vertical Services that took us out to Shoup and Columbia Glaciers before landing nearby the Columbia Glacier- this is a great option if you get motion sick on boats.  more »
  • Seen only but boat or air you will need to book a tour or a private boat or kayak. Ever changing glacier, the site is amazing. We were able to get to 3/4 mile from face. The clear day gave us a...  more »
  • The Columbia Glacier is one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in Alaska according to the U.S.G.S. Make sure you get your photographs now and then you can compare decades into the future to see how much the glacier has retreated. If this review was helpful please click the Like button.
  • The glaciers are melting but it is a sight to see

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