I took this photo at Bootleggers cove…….,Cook Inlet in Anchorage Alaska. Mount Susitna is also known as ‘The Sleeping Lady’. This is a mountain that meant very much to me when I lived in Alaska.
Mount Susitna is often called The Sleeping Lady for her resemblance to a recumbent woman. The name is said to derive from a Dena’ina legend, in which a woman named Susitna belonging to a race of giants vows to sleep until her beloved comes back from battle The mountain’s Dena’ina name is Dghelishla, meaning “Little Mountain”; in English it was simply named for the Susitna River which means Sandy River.
Mt Susitna is a roche moutonnée, a landform created when a glacier flows over a resistant, topographically high, bedrock body, creating a smooth-sided and teardrop shaped feature aligned with the direction of ice flow.
The Anchorage bowl topography has been influenced by 5-7 glaciations. Over several thousand years, thick ice sheets from the Talkeetna, Chugach and Alaska Ranges flowed down Cook Inlet. The five well documented glaciations from oldest to most recent were the Mt Susitna, Caribou Hills, Eklutna, Knik and Naptowne. The earliest glaciation in the Anchorage area is known as the Mount Susitna for the erratics and other glacial features found on the top of Mount Susitna.. It is dated to the late Pliocene to the early Pleistocene (2-6 million years ago). Mesozoic]
Mt. Susitna is part of a suite of Jurassic plutons of quartz monzonite to granodiorite composition