Largest piedmont glacier on our planet at roughly 3,900 km2 (1,500 sq mi) or pretty much about the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Shrinking fast.
A crappy photo shot through the double plastic window of the jet, but an incredibly awesome sight, one we were very lucky to have taken in; this particular flight does not usually follow a path that includes the Malaspina, and also it's very rarely clear here.
I do like to know where I am at, I'd never seen this before from the ground or air, but I knew it immediately from my background in Alaska geography. The glacier was made a National Natural Landmark in 1969.
If you search "Malaspina Glacier" you will get some interesting facts and awesome photographs. You will also see how dramatically the glacier is shrinking.
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