Friday, December 12, 2014

Geo 730: December 12, Day 711: Misty Mountain

If all I wanted was alliteration, "Smokey Summit" would be more accurate, but The Hobbit and everything... This is from a pullout just below the Timberline parking area, looking south to Mount Jefferson, the next major Cascade peak in that direction. Due to the haze, it's difficult to see just how deeply eroded that mountain is, which indicates it hasn't had any significant summit eruptions since the initiation of the ice ages, some two million years ago. That erosion is a little more evident in a cropped and processed potion of the photo, below. I've actually been almost to the top of the icefield visible in this image.
Top photo unmodified, crop run through Paint.Net's "autolevel" routine.. October 10, 2012. FlashEarth Location.

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