Thursday, September 8, 2011
kenai fjords national park amazing pics
Kenai Fjords National Park is a United States National Park established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The park covers an area of approximately 1,760 sq mi (4,600 km2) on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, near the town of Seward. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field. The park can be reached from Seward, 130 mi (210 km) south of Anchorage at the southern terminus of the Seward Highway. It is only one of three national parks in Alaska that can be reached by road, via the Exit Glacier Nature Center. A network of trails from the Nature Center provide access to the glacier, and the 7.4-mile (11.9 km)
Cruise tours originating from Seward also provide access to the park via Resurrection Bay.
The National Park includes mountains, waterfalls, tidewater glaciers and wildlife ranging from black bears to harbor seals. Its islands include sea lion haulouts and its rocky coastline and islands contain rookeries for a wide variety of seabirds including gulls, kittiwakes, murres, oystercatchers, cormorants and puffins. Its waters support sea otters (photo below), salmon, halibut, porpoises and whales.