Harriman Glacier, Prince William Sound

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Harriman Glacier, Prince William Sound

by | Feb 21, 2020

Harriman Glacier is 8 miles (13 km) long, and trends northeast to its terminus at the head of Harriman Fjord, in Prince William Sound, about 74 miles (119 km) west-southwest of Valdez and 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Whittier, Alaska. It was named by members of the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition after the expedition sponsor Edward H. Harriman.

The Harriman Glacier is one of nine named glaciers that flow into Harriman Fjord. The Harriman is the trunk glacier of Harriman Fjord and comes to the water’s edge at the southwest head of the bay. The terminus is at tidewater and the frontal ice cliff is estimated to be 300 feet (91 m) high. The glacier flows from an extensive icefield with several unnamed feeder glaciers, and with only a few peaks or nunataks not permanently snow covered.

Edward Harriman was a wealthy railroad magnate who organized a maritime expedition to Alaska in 1899. Harriman brought with him an elite community of scientists, artists, photographers, and naturalists to explore and document the Alaskan coast. The Harriman Alaska expedition explored the coast of Alaska for two months, from Seattle to Siberia and back again. Read more here and here. Explore more of Harriman Glacier here:

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