Monday Mantra: Something beautiful is on the horizon

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

Photo of the Week: Birdseye view of Bear Glacier terminus located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Bear Glacier is part of the Harding Icefield, a 300 square mile icefield which spawns over 40 glaciers.
Learn more about the Harding Icefield: http://www.nps.gov/kefj/naturescience/the-harding-icefield.htm
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Photo of the Week: Birdseye view of Bear Glacier terminus located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Bear Glacier is part of the Harding Icefield, a 300 square mile icefield which spawns over 40 glaciers.

Learn more about the Harding Icefield: http://www.nps.gov/kefj/naturescience/the-harding-icefield.htm

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Check out this beautiful video created entirely from photos from within Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve!
The haunting narration is text adapted from Robert Marshalls “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range” (1929).

The World Beyond the World

(Source: vimeo.com)

Did you know?
On March 9, 1942 the construction of the Alaska Highway began. The 1,420 mile highway was completed on October 30 of the same year and has been called one of the greatest engineering feats of World War II. With more than a third of 10,670 troops that built the road being African American it has also been hailed as a triumph over racism at a time when the armed forces were still segregated. Alaska has eight National Historic Landmarks commemorating its role in World War II.
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Did you know?

On March 9, 1942 the construction of the Alaska Highway began. The 1,420 mile highway was completed on October 30 of the same year and has been called one of the greatest engineering feats of World War II. With more than a third of 10,670 troops that built the road being African American it has also been hailed as a triumph over racism at a time when the armed forces were still segregated. Alaska has eight National Historic Landmarks commemorating its role in World War II.

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Quintessential Quote: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 
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Quintessential Quote: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 

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It’s certainly not the setting that comes to mind when I think of buffalo/bison but here they are!

Wrangell-St. Elias contains two herds of American Bison that were transplanted here in 1962 and have adapted well to their new surroundings. This bull is a member of the Chitina River herd that hangs out in the Chitina River valley and occasionally wanders up to the Chitina glacier.

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Glacier Bay National Park recently discovered a geologic event that happened February 16th. Using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite, scientists have confirmed that a large landslide occurred in southeastern Alaska on February 16, 2014. A preliminary estimate suggests the landslide on the flanks of Mount La Perouse involved 68 million metric tons (75 million short tons) of material, which potentially makes it the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010. Check out this interactive, before and after, imagery:
http://1.usa.gov/1bSAG82

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Glacier Bay National Park recently discovered a geologic event that happened February 16th. Using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite, scientists have confirmed that a large landslide occurred in southeastern Alaska on February 16, 2014. A preliminary estimate suggests the landslide on the flanks of Mount La Perouse involved 68 million metric tons (75 million short tons) of material, which potentially makes it the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010. Check out this interactive, before and after, imagery:

http://1.usa.gov/1bSAG82

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Think you’ve had a crazy winter? Check this out! On February 14th, an NPS climate station at Howard Pass in Noatak National Preserve recorded a wind chill of -97 F. The National Weather Service reported that this chill broke Prudhoe Bay’s record of -96 F set in 1989.

What’s more amazing is on the 27th of last month the same Howard Pass climate station reached +41 F. That’s a 138 degree swing in temperature in under a month’s time! Talk about volatile weather!

https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Alaska.gov

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Ta-DA! Lake Clark’s “Wilderness Inspirations” Photo Contest. 

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in which congress created a system of lands preserved in their natural condition for you. ‘Why Wilderness?’ might you ask. In the words of Sir John Lubbock: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” We’d like to see what Lake Clark’s 2.47 million acres of designated wilderness inspires in you, be that a sense of freedom, adventure, creativity, family, peace or home.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:
People’s Choice and Staff Pick grand prize winners 
– a 16 by 20 inch stretched canvas copy of your image.
– Featured as Lake Clark’s facebook page cover photo for one month each.

People’s Choice and Staff Pick runners up 
– an 8 by 10 inch stretched canvas copy of your image.

The four winning images will be displayed at the Lake Clark Visitor Center in Port Alsworth mid May through August, and then shipped to Homer and Soldotna, AK where they will be displayed with other art pieces in the Voices of the Wilderness art show for the month of October 2014. After the show is complete, the canvas pieces will be shipped to the winners.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There are two ways you can participate in this photo contest. First, submit your high resolution Lake Clark Wilderness photo by March 23rd, and on March 26th we will post all of the pictures to a photo album on Facebook. To see the contest rules or to submit a photo, please visit: http://go.nps.gov/LACLPhotoContest

Second, you will all have two weeks to vote on your favorite picture. The two entries with the most likes will become our People’s Choice grand prize winner and runner-up! Everyone is invited to vote, even if you don’t submit a photo.

This contest is made possible through the National Park Service’s partnership with Alaska Geographic.
#Wilderness #PhotoContest #Wilderness50th #GoWild ~RJ/MW

Ta-DA! Lake Clark’s “Wilderness Inspirations” Photo Contest.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in which congress created a system of lands preserved in their natural condition for you. ‘Why Wilderness?’ might you ask. In the words of Sir John Lubbock: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” We’d like to see what Lake Clark’s 2.47 million acres of designated wilderness inspires in you, be that a sense of freedom, adventure, creativity, family, peace or home.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:
People’s Choice and Staff Pick grand prize winners
– a 16 by 20 inch stretched canvas copy of your image.
– Featured as Lake Clark’s facebook page cover photo for one month each.

People’s Choice and Staff Pick runners up
– an 8 by 10 inch stretched canvas copy of your image.

The four winning images will be displayed at the Lake Clark Visitor Center in Port Alsworth mid May through August, and then shipped to Homer and Soldotna, AK where they will be displayed with other art pieces in the Voices of the Wilderness art show for the month of October 2014. After the show is complete, the canvas pieces will be shipped to the winners.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There are two ways you can participate in this photo contest. First, submit your high resolution Lake Clark Wilderness photo by March 23rd, and on March 26th we will post all of the pictures to a photo album on Facebook. To see the contest rules or to submit a photo, please visit: http://go.nps.gov/LACLPhotoContest

Second, you will all have two weeks to vote on your favorite picture. The two entries with the most likes will become our People’s Choice grand prize winner and runner-up! Everyone is invited to vote, even if you don’t submit a photo.

This contest is made possible through the National Park Service’s partnership with Alaska Geographic.
#Wilderness #PhotoContest #Wilderness50th #GoWild ~RJ/MW

This dreamy, magical photo was taken by Norio Matsumoto, an annual winter visitor to Denali’s glaciated backcountry. With amazing precision and patience (up to 2 months at a time), Norio captures stunning Aurora images like this one, taken from Denali’s Whistler Glacier. ~sss

This dreamy, magical photo was taken by Norio Matsumoto, an annual winter visitor to Denali’s glaciated backcountry. With amazing precision and patience (up to 2 months at a time), Norio captures stunning Aurora images like this one, taken from Denali’s Whistler Glacier. ~sss