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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park is crowned by the 700-square-mile Harding Icefield, one of four major ice caps in the United States. The icefield may be a remnant of the Pleistocene ice masses once covering half of Alaska. Along the coastline of the magnificent Kenai Fjords, steep valleys that were carved by glaciers in retreat, active glaciers still calve and crash into the sea as visitors watch from tour boats. Sea stacks, Islets, and jagged shoreline are remnants of mountains that today inch imperceptibly into the sea under the geological force of the North Pacific tectonic plate. Exit Glacier, the most accessible area of the park, can be reached by car and a short walk.

Moose, bears, and a large population of mountain goats inhabit the land. Steller sea lions haul out on rocky islands at the entrances to the fjords. Harbor seals rest on icebergs. Killer whales, porpoises, sea otters, and several whale species also are found here. Thousands of sea birds -- horned and tufted puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes -- rear their young on steep cliffs.

Approximate Size

669,000 acres.


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