Chenega Glacier, Nassau Fjord

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Chenega Glacier, Nassau Fjord

by | Jan 12, 2019

Chenega Glacier is a tidewater glacier located along the western shore of Prince William Sound on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The glacier starts in the Sargent Icefield and flows southeast for 12 miles (19 km) to Nassau Fjord. The glacier’s name is taken from the old village of Chenega on nearby Chenega Island that was abandoned after the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake.

Nassau Fjord extends off the north shore of Icy Bay and is now over 4 miles (6.5 km) long. The bay was named in 1910 by G.W. Perkins (possibly of the Alaska Steamship Company). The terminus of Chenega Glacier has a calving ice face over 1.6 miles (2.6 km) long. Princeton and Tigertail Glaciers are also in Nassau Fjord but are no longer tidewater and terminate within one mile of sea level. Nassau Fjord is glacially carved and the Chugach-Alutiiq Natives who lived at the settlement of (old) Chenega on Chenega Island had an oral history of the glacier reaching the mouth of Nassau Fjord about 100 years ago.

Chenega Glacier discharges icebergs abundantly and furnishes most of the ice stream entering Icy Bay. Due to a large amount of glacial activity in the fjord, it is a popular destination for sea kayakers and sightseeing boats from the nearby village of Chenega Bay on Evans Island and from Whittier. Read more here and here. Explore more of Chenega Glacier and Nassau Fjord here:

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