Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Columbia Icefield

One of the stops on our recent road trip to the Rockies was at the Columbia Icefield. It was not my first visit here but what was significant this time was how easy it was to see how the glacier has receded since my last visit. From the visitor center and up to the glacier markers have been placed so that you can see how much the glacier has receded since the early twenties. It's remarkable and if you are in this area make sure to stop and have a look around.

From Wikipedia:
The Columbia Icefield is an icefield located in the Canadian Rockies, astride the Continental Divide of North America. The icefield lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff and the southern end of Jasper National Park. It is about 325 km² in area, 100 to 365 metres (328' to 1,197') in depth and receives up to seven metres (23 ft) of snowfall per year.


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