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The northernmost destination of the cruise is Hubbard Glacier. According to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey, it is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent. It is also significant because it is advancing, rather than shrinking. The ship slowly passes by the glacier, and if you're lucky, you can see it calving, when a big chunk of ice falls, and sends out a massive shower of water. It sounds like thunder when the chunk falls from the face of the glacier.

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Hubbard Glacier 2005
Calving begins as chunk of ice falls into water
Hubbard Glacier 2005
Just a few seconds later
Hubbard Glacier
More calving (left side of photo)
Hubbard Glacier
This little iceberg was about 10 feet long
Glacier 2005
A line of floating ice chunks
Glacier 2005
Hubbard Glacier stretches 76 miles
Face of Hubbard Glacier
Face of Hubbard Glacier
SF Bay Bridge 2005
Ship's tender gets close to glacier's face
Galcier viewers on deck
Glacier watching from pool deck
Joyce on deck
Joyce is ready for a closeup view
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