Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Glacial Ice And Wood

One of the neat things about my recent ice cave exploration along the Mendenhall Glacier was to witness the presence of wood under the glacier. Large tree stumps and isolated pieces of wood dotted the floor of the ice cave. Considering the very recent age of the wood and the fact that much of this area was covered by a much larger sheet of glacial ice not that long ago, the only explanation I have for the its origin is a recent large land slide coming down a stream  drainage off the flanks of Mount McGinnis, and flowing perpendicular into and underneath the lateral moraine of the Mendenhall Glacier.


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