UNESCO Partnership

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  • Glacier Bay 412
The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are located to the South-East of Alaska. Inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1992, the site joined a collection of nature reserves (Wrangell – St Elias / Kluane) already under protection since 1979.

The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve extends to 500 m below sea level. The Alsek River, which flows into the Tatshenshini in Canada, is one of the few river systems to empty into the coastal chain from the subarctic interior.

Glacier Bay, a fjord stretching 105 km, has witnessed four major glacial advances and retreats in recent geological times. Two centuries ago, the bay was entirely occupied by the Grand Pacific Glacier. Its retreat of approximately 95 km in 200 years led to the emergence of 20 glaciers, of which 16 descend to the sea.

The site enjoys a maritime climate with cool wet summers and mild wet winters. Finally, the area is home to 28 species of land mammals, 210 species of land and sea birds and over 237 species of fish. The region's endangered species include the humpback whale and the peregrine falcon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to discover the photo essays and videos on the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve from 4th November on The New York Times website.

Picture Credit: Ocean / Corbis