Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Canada - Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek
SPECTACLES OF NATURE
Within the borders of one of Canada's newest National Parks, Kluane, lie many of nature's more awesome spectacles. Here, like a giant white highway from the stars. Kaskawulsh Glacier creeps slowly down through the mountain range. In the background is Mt. Logan, at 19,850 ft. Canada's highest.
Sent by Renee, a postcrosser from USA.
A unique area with high mountain peaks, foothills, glacial systems, lakes, streams, valleys and coastal landscapes. The Wrangell-St Elias region represents the most extensive array of glaciers and ice fields outside the polar region. These features and the high mountains of the Wrangell-St Elias, Chugach and Kluane ranges have resulted in the region becoming known as the 'Mountain Kingdom' of North America. Geologically the mountains are included in the Pacific mountain system and include the 130 km long Bagley ice field, the second-highest peak in the USA (Mount St Elias) and the largest piedmont glacier on the North American continent (Malaspina Glacier). Extensive lowlands are found only in the centre and along north-western fringes of the region. Elsewhere lowlands are sandwiched between mountains and sea or occur as narrow valleys and plateaux grading into upland and serrated peaks. Principal drainages include the Copper, Chitina, White, Alsek and Donjek rivers and tributaries. The Malaspina foreland coastal area comprises mainly long, straight piedmont glacial beaches cut through by numerous often sizeable glacial-melt drainage-ways.