Lake Macdonald reflects the early morning sunrise silhouetting Glacier National Park’s sculptured Rocky mountains and Glacial Valleys.
3rd image of 5.
Above image is part of a sunrise series ‘Glacier Mountain Magic’.
Featured: lakes and inland waterways
Featured: Nature’s Paintbrush
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Glacier National Park was established to protect the area’s spectacular scenic views, as characterized by the geologic features of the Rocky Mountains and valleys and the native plant and animal life. The park encompasses approximately 1.4 million acres of wilderness and some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the western United States and with relative isolation from major population centers have combined to make Glacier National Park the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America.
The general park area was once the homeland of the Blackfoot and Kootenai Indian tribes and many sites in the park are sacred spiritual sites.
There are over 50 glaciers in the park from which it gets its name. There are also over 200 lakes or streams in Glacier.
The Rocky Mountains that traverse both Canada and the United States began as sediments deposited in an ancient sea and slowly hardened into thick layers of limestone, mudstone, and sandstone. About 60 million years ago, tensions building within the Earth’s crust could no longer be contained, and the rock layers began to warp, fold and finally break. A huge slab of rock moved from the west and began to slide up and over the softer rock of eastern ranges. Eventually a 300-mile-long portion of the crust had been thrust more than 50 miles to the east. Throughout the world similar processes created other mountain systems, but few can rival the Lewis Overthrust of Waterton/Glacier. To commemorate the long history of peace and friendship between the two nations of United States and Canda the Waterton park and Glacier park are also known as the Waterton\Glacier International Peace Park, Lake Macdonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA