Deepwater Exploration of Glacier Bay National Park

Background Information

The essays below will help you to understand the goals and objectives of the mission and provide additional context and information about the places being explored and the science, tools, and technologies being used.

  • Mission Plan

    By Rhian Waller

    Regional map of Glacier Bay National Park.

    From March 17-30, 2016, a University of Maine-led team will conduct the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park (GBNP) using both diver-based surveys and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

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  • Glacier Bay National Park

    Courtesy of Glacier Bay National Park

    Some of the dramatic views of the preserved wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

    Glacier Bay National Park is a unique and dynamic ecosystem, covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep-sheltered fjords.

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  • Deepwater Emergence of Corals in Glacier Bay National Park

    By Cheryl Morrison

    Red tree corals are a focal point of the Deepwater Exploration of Glacier Bay National Park expedition. These corals have been shown to be the foundation of diverse deepwater communities in Alaska, and can occur as shallow as six meters. In this image, several fish and urchins congregate around a large red tree coral.

    Southeastern Alaska is one of the great fjord regions of the world. Fjords are glacially carved, narrow, and deep U-shaped channels with high cliffs and deep basins, making for dramatic scenery for those who visit by land or sea. Below the water’s surface lie other wonders, including ecologically unique and diverse communities.

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