• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Nature & Science

Flowers on the Kenai Fjords Coast across from Northwestern Glacier

This seemingly harsh terrain is home to a diverse array of plants and animals

NPS

Kenai Fjords National Park sits at the edge of the North Pacific Ocean, where storm patterns develop and feed a land of ice. The Harding Icefield crowns the park and is the source of at least 38 glaciers that flow over the land, sculpting as they go. These gigantic rivers of ice have shaped the terrain and are now receding to reveal their work. As ice melts, rock is uncovered and the process of succession begins to take place. Scientists in the park investigate such diverse topics as newly colonized nunataks, black bear genetics, and the reproductive success of shorebirds.
 

Newsletters from Kenai Fjords' Resource Management Team

 
 

Research at Kenai Fjords

  • How to apply for research permits.
  • Research Permit and Reporting System: This system lists out the various research projects that have been and are being done at Kenai Fjords, and the entire National Park Service.

Did You Know?

State of Alaska superimposed on the contiguous 48 states

With 570,374 square miles, Alaska is twice the size of Texas and 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States. It stretches 2,400 miles east-to-west and 1,420 miles north-to-south. Its 6,640-mile coastline is 50 percent longer than the combined east and west coasts of the United States.