Beartrack Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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Beartrack Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

by | Feb 6, 2019

Beartrack Cove is an estuary, about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) across, in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 14.7 miles (23.7 km) north-northeast of Gustavus, Alaska. The bay was named in 1923 by William Skinner Cooper of the University of Minnesota.

Cooper was an American ecologist with the botany department at the University of Minnesota, where he taught from 1915 to 1951. In 1916, he established the oldest permanent monitoring plot network in a post-glacial basin in Glacier Bay, including Beartrack Cove, and that work is still happening today. Cooper’s travels in Glacier Bay compelled him to lead scientists in nominating it as a national monument, leading to President Calvin Coolidge proclaiming the area Glacier Bay National Monument under the Antiquities Act on February 25, 1925. His 1935 monograph on the late glacial and postglacial environment of the Glacier Bay Basin is now considered a classic.

Beartrack Cove was the subject of a famous landscape photograph by Ansel Adams called Rain, Beartrack Cove, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska. Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. Read more here and here. Explore more of Beartrack Cove here:

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