Most of Alaska’s glaciers are retreating. Plants quickly colonize the newly exposed land in an orderly process called succession. Mosses and small vascular plants soon exploit the cracks, crevasses, and sandy areas that provide a place to get established. Given enough time and the proper environmental factors, a forest can eventually occupy the area. You can observe these biological processes at work at Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska, Exit Glacier near Seward, Portage, and Byron glaciers south of Girdwood, Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, and many similar locations throughout coastal Alaska.
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