Great Canadian Parks / Yukon Territory

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The Parks / Yukon Territory / Kluane National Park



 

Mountains and glaciers are the essence of the park taking up 82% of the surface area. Mount Logan, 96 kilometres from the coast, is Canada's highest point (5959 metres) with Mount Steele, Mount St. Elias, and Mount Lucania all above 5000 metres. Together with the Boundary Range, the Icefield Range spawns a network of over 2000 valley-bound glaciers, which radiate from the non-polar icefields. Steep slopes, cliffs and mass wasting “ rock falls, landslides and mudslides - characterize these glacial landforms. Non-glaciated icefields, built up by moisture moving inland from the Pacific, do not erode, but glaciers can sheer off vast quantities of rock leaving behind isolated boulders called ŠerraticsÆ. Glacier created sand dunes and deltas built by dust storms are often littered with smaller erratics left by icebergs as they floated northward and melted on the shores.

 

A Canadian-American team jointly ascended Mount Logan in 1925. In the 1930's mountaineering became a predominant activity in the region and from the 1960's to the present, many successful ascents to some of the highest peaks have been made.

 

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