Check out this halo!

This phenomenal sun halo was photographed while kayaking Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.

Halos like this one are caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in thin cirrus clouds within the Earth’s atmosphere

Did you know there’s a research facility on the top of the 14,163 foot tall Mt. Wrangell in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve?

The Geophysical Institute’s volcano research facility was established by the University of Alaska on Mt. Wrangell in 1953. It has become a world-class research facility studying the glaciovolcanic activity of Mt. Wrangell.

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Not only is Lituya Bay, in Glacier Bay National Park, a picturesque place but it has some interesting history to boot!In 1958 the tallest megatsunami ever recorded rolled through Lituya Bay as the result of a powerful earthquake and subsequent landslide. The wave was powerful enough to remove all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as 1,720 feet (524 meters) above sea level - nearly as high as the peak of the world’s 4th tallest skyscraper!
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Not only is Lituya Bay, in Glacier Bay National Park, a picturesque place but it has some interesting history to boot!

In 1958 the tallest megatsunami ever recorded rolled through Lituya Bay as the result of a powerful earthquake and subsequent landslide. The wave was powerful enough to remove 
all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as 1,720 feet (524 meters) above sea level - nearly as high as the peak of the world’s 4th tallest skyscraper!

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Caribou spring into migration early, following a warm winter. The Western Arctic Herd’s spring migration to the calving grounds is 1-3 weeks earlier than in previous years, after Western Alaska’s incredibly warm winter (6-8° F warmer than average). NPS tracks timing of caribou migration and investigates how weather affects this herd’s amazing annual journey.
Learn more about caribou and caribou tracking.
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Caribou spring into migration early, following a warm winter. The Western Arctic Herd’s spring migration to the calving grounds is 1-3 weeks earlier than in previous years, after Western Alaska’s incredibly warm winter (6-8° F warmer than average). NPS tracks timing of caribou migration and investigates how weather affects this herd’s amazing annual journey.

Learn more about caribou and caribou tracking.

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Some bird’s-eye views of Tanalian Falls in Lake Clark National Park. These great shots were taken last Friday by B. Mangipane.

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Tags: waterfall

It’s finally feeling like spring here in Alaska! Here’s a shot of the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve breaking up from all the sunlight and warmth we’ve been getting lately. 
If you look close you can see bear tracks across the ice!
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It’s finally feeling like spring here in Alaska! Here’s a shot of the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve breaking up from all the sunlight and warmth we’ve been getting lately. 

If you look close you can see bear tracks across the ice!

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Bears, salmon, steaming volcanoes, shimmering turquoise lakes, and an overwhelming sense of solitude are what make Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park & Preserve this month’s National Park getaway.

Learn more about Lake Clark’s 4 million acres of awesome: http://www.nps.gov/getaways/

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Monday Mantra: “Each bird must sing with his own throat.” - Henrik Ibsen
This past weekend, in Anchorage, for the first time this year I heard the dry rattling call of the sandhill crane- summer is on its way!
(NPS photo/Tim Rains - Sandhill Cranes) ~aph

Monday Mantra: “Each bird must sing with his own throat.” - Henrik Ibsen

This past weekend, in Anchorage, for the first time this year I heard the dry rattling call of the sandhill crane- summer is on its way!

(NPS photo/Tim Rains - Sandhill Cranes) ~aph

Monday Mantra: Escape for a moment.
NPS photo ~aph

Monday Mantra: Escape for a moment.

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Monday Mantra: Something beautiful is on the horizon

(NPS Photo/Kaitlin Thoresen - Humpback Whale - Kenai Fjords National Park) ~aph