A time-lapse video shows eight years of retreat at Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier in just seconds.
The location is spectacular -- separated by the narrow Gastineau Channel from Douglas Island, surrounded on all sides by snow- and glacier-capped mountains gouged into tortured folds and precipices by the retreating glaciers of the ice age.
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Though it's alarming to think such a natural wonder is melting away, the process does have some rather cool side effects
Salmon so dense, dying in the creeks so thick, one could imagine walking across right on them. And a baby porcupine sleeping soundly by a stream, spotted while hiking the National Forest at the most blue of beautiful blues Mendenhall Glacier.
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