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Mather and Eldridge Glacier Aerial # 8197

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Date: 2004.07.13
Vantage Point: From Airplane from the S

Caption: Mount Mather is the obvious higher peak in the distance at upper middle right, and glaciers from its SW face (facing camera) flow directly into Eldridge Glacier. Mount Eldridge is the smaller snow covered peak almost 1 inch directly below the summit of Mather which sits above the glacier on its N (right) side. If you follow the ridgeline from Mather summit down to the left you will see a Wedged shaped sunlit face which is Wedge Peak, and going to the left of that in the background the small shadowed face peak is Ragged Peak. The sunlit peak at upper middle left which has glaciers flowing directly into Eldridge is Mount Deception, and the other sunlit peak behind it slightly to the left is Mount Brooks, and the huge Brooks Glacier lies between them. If you go left from Brooks the first tiny peak is East Pyramid Peak, and the one next to it is Central Pyramid Peak. Nothing else visible has an official name, and for orientation purposes Denali is out of picture to the left (SW).

PhotoDescr: The Eldridge glacier is huge, has several large tributary glaciers which flow into it, and flows some 35km from its head down to the toe where the Fountain River starts. The Fountain River flows into the Chulitna River and thus the Susitna River which meets Cook Inlet just W of Anchorage.

So I have been scouring the Alaska Volcano Observatory site for good pics to give more content of Alaska on Bivouac and along the way I made a new friend who worked for the AVO at one time, but lives in St. Louis now. His name is Steve J. Smith and he loves the mountains and land as much as any Bivouac member and wants to share as many pictures as we want. He has a Master's of Science degree in Geology with emphasis on Volcanology and has done much field work in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and many other places in the world.

Here is the link to his page if you are interested:

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