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Mt. Massive Glacier?

Postby nader » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:14 pm

I have noted a large patch of snow that remains well into August (and probably year round) on an east facing slope to the north of Mt. Massive. See this picture:


I have never heard or read anything about this snowfield. Is this a glacier? Any info about it? :?:
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Postby Bill Reed » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:03 pm

Don't think it's a glacier but some more information on the subject can be found here http://glaciers.research.pdx.edu/Glaciers-Colorado
Scroll down a ways for Mt Massive.
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Postby nader » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:32 pm

Thank you for the link. That was exactly what I wanted to see.
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Postby Scott » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:53 am

It's a snowfield known as the Africa Bowl. At least that's what residents of Leadville call it.
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Postby Elkranger » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:54 pm

speaking of glaciersi was up in teh elk range this july , and there were some huge snowfeilds
probably at least 5 to seven feet high and running a hundred yard downslope

could a snowfeild of that size not be a glacier?
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Postby CSUMarmot » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:00 pm

though those snowfields are big enough to call glaciers, I believe a true glacier have to move, also they are usually at the back of a valley, not on a slope
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Postby byates » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:47 pm

The Montezuma Glacier below Castle in the Southern Elks had 3 very distinct crevasses showing on Sept 1, there does seem to be some type of movement happening there.[/url]
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Re: Mt. Massive Glacier?

Postby pclugh » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:03 am

I used to live in Leadville just east of Massive and Elbert but the formation you are speaking of is called Africa Bowl because of its distinctive shape. It's a snowboarders dream run if conditions are right.

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