Chief Mountain

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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September 11, 2010


September 3, 2010

Rising abruptly out of the prairie on the north east edge of Glacier National Park is Chief Mountain not one of Glacier’s higher peaks, (9080’),
The peak is easily seen from Montana and Alberta due to the rapid 5,000 foot (1,524 m) altitude gain over the Great Plains which are immediately east of the mountain. Despite the mountain’s being mostly in Montana, the distinctive eastern face quickly becomes hidden as one travels south into Montana, but remains very easy to see on clear days over much of southern Alberta. Hence, many businesses in the area (notably Lethbridge) have “Chief Mountain” in their name.

Chief Mountain is an example of a klippe. It consists of a Precambrian block which rests directly above younger Cretaceous gray shales. The surrounding portion of the thrust sheet has be removed by erosion leaving behind this isolated block of Proterozoic rock.
Chief Mountain has been a sacred mountain to Native American tribes for hundreds of years. The Blackfoot name for the mountain is Ninastiko. The mountain was seen by white explorers in the late 1700s and was known as “Kings Peak” on maps produced in the United Kingdom in 1795. Meriwether Lewis, coleader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, saw the mountain in 1805 and called it “Tower Mountain”. The name was changed in the late 1800s in reflection of Blackfeet naming of the mountain which was “Great Chief”. When Glacier National Park was created in 1910, the summit and most prominent eastern slopes of the mountain were located within the park, leaving only the lower slopes within Blackfeet jurisdiction.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Mountain)



Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens @150mm
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Cardston, Alberta, Canada

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