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Massive Moulin on the Saskatchewan Glacier # 7230

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Date: 2005.08.21
Vantage Point: From Saskatchewan Glacier

Caption: Rushing meltwater streams from the glacier's surface join and plunge into its depths in this hole.

PhotoDescr: The Saskatchewan Glacier is the largest tongue of the Columbia Icefield, and the usual route to Castleguard Mountain. A group of seven climbers from the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club travelled up the Saskatchewan Glacier to a base camp above the Castleguard Meadows at the base of the mountain.

On our descent, we passed this moulin on the lower part of the glacier. Moulins, also called glacial mills, are formed when meltwater surface streams on a glacier plunge into a crevasse and drop to the bottom of the glacier.

The foot of Castleguard Mountain is visible at the upper left.

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