Athabasca Glacier (1) by George Cousins

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Part of the Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca Glacier is a major feature of the landscape almost at the junction of Jasper and Banff National Parks, Alberta, Canada, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The glacier is approximately 6 km (3.75 miles) long, with an area of 6 km² (2.5 mi²), and is measured to be between 90 metres (270 ft) and 300 metres (1000 ft) thick. It is receding at a rate of 2 to 3 metres a year, and because of it’s proximity to the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff, it is the most visited glacier in North America.Looking carefully you can see the tiny figures of people clambering up the lower slopes, while in the centre of the photo there is a small rectangle which is actually a specially built “snow coach” which can take tourists most of the way up the lower tongue of the glacier.

Sept. 5, 2009
Fuji s100FS camera

Comments

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, George. Been there several times too on holiday from Nanaimo.

  • Good morning David, glad you liked it. More memories..lol! Quite a place to just sit and contemplate how nature changes things over time.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    The size of the people and the snow coach really put this into perspective, George. Pretty hard to visualize the immensity of the glacier otherwise. What a wonderful capture!

  • Thanks Mike, I had the same feeling..how do I really show the size of this? Then the coach came into sight and some people started trekking..I had to wait awhile but it did the trick. I have a couple more that I think do even a better job, Stay tuned..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful scene George … we got snowed in just below the glacier back in 1999 and spent the night snug in our RV waiting for the snow plow … great memories♥

  • lol! Not sure if I’d classify that as a "great"memory, but I’m sure it was an interesting time. Having an RV was certainly preferable to being in an ordinary vehicle!
    Thanks for the kind comment Bev, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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