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General Information
There it stands before you, moving slowly to sea. Ice chunks as big as a city block and as tall as a three-story apartment building have been know to split and fall into the sea. The process is called calving and this glacier, perched at the head of Tracy Arm (a fjord) sheds a chunk of ice on the average of once an hour.

Sawyer Glacier is one of the sights you'll see if you're visiting the Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness. The pristine area covers 653,179 acres and consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice.

The area takes its name from a U.S. Navy crewman named Ford who in 1899 paddled into a narrow waterway connected to Endicott Arm. For six hours he was caught in surging tidal currents, surrounded by massive, crashing icebergs. He survived the ordeal and since then, this finger-shaped waterway has been known as Ford's Terror. (An alternate suggestion: Ford's Fjord?)

Own a camera or video camera? Bring it. Don't own a camera? Buy one. Sawyer Glacier rates as one of Alaska's most massive glaciers, beautifully framed with snow-capped mountain peaks. Picture it framed in your camera's viewfinder.



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