30 July 2011
Alluvial fan at Emerald Lake, B.C.
Posted by Callan Bentley
On my hike to the Burgess Shale earlier this week, we encountered some great geology as well as paleontology. For instance, consider this rather epic alluvial fan, spilling out of the Presidential Range to the northwest of Fossil Ridge and Mount Burgess, and rapidly filling the Emerald Lake basin.
Here’s a Google Map link to the location.
The hike to the Burgess quarry was one of the greatest hikes I’ve ever done. Glad you got the chance to do it. How was the snow? Mostly melted off by now?
Snow was not an issue on this hike, but it definitely cramped my style earlier in the summer in Montana…
We had our problems with snow too, no Going To The Sun Highway this year, and severely limited hiking opportunities.
Yeah, the main regret is not getting to show my students the stromatolites at Grinnell Glacier. Back in Bozeman, having Sacagawea Cirque inaccessible put us on to a new, better mapping locale, so in some ways it worked out pretty well. I’ll doubtless blog that up later…
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