The capital city of Alaska has a population of approximately 31,000 people living in a 3,255 square mile boundary. There is roughly 40 miles of road “going nowhere” as the encompassing area is covered by mountains, water and glaciers.
Juneau is “surrounded” by an ice field approximately 100 miles (160 km) long and 45 miles (70 km) wide, and covers about 1,500 square miles (390,000 hectares). Since the mid-1700’s, the Juneau ice-field has been slowly dwindling in total size. Currently the ice field above Juneau accumulates over a hundred feet (35 m) of snow annually to continue to “feed” these glaciers. The blue appearance of glaciers is produced because of the high density of glacial ice (compared to “regular” ice). Glacial ice absorbs all color of the light spectrum except blue, which is reflected.
In the heart of all the awe inspiring beauty thrives a community working in government, tourism, mining and fishing. Each person living in this unique place shares a deep love for nature and Alaska.