Photo Friday: Massive Landslide in Glacier Bay National Park

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

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This summer a 4,000-foot mountainside collapsed on the Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Sightseeing and charter flight pilot Paul Swanstrom was the first to discover and photograph the massive landslide after he noticed a large cloud of dust over the glacier.

This region in Alaska is very geologically active and landslides are common there. However, Colin Stark, a geophysicist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, told Alaska Dispatch News that the movement of 130 million tons of earth was “exceptionally large.”

 

Photography of newly exposed mountainside and debris cloud. Photo: Paul Swanstrom / Mountain Flying Service (Source: adn.com).

 

Photography of June 28 landslide taken the next day. Photo: Paul Swanstrom / Mountain Flying Service (Source: adn.com).

 

Side view of the massive landslide that flowed nearly six miles across Lamplight Glacier. Photo: Paul Swanstrom / Mountain Flying Service (Source: adn.com)

 

Photography taken by Paul Swanstrom, pilot and owner of Mountain Flying Service based out of Haines, Alaska. Photo: Paul Swanstrom / Mountain Flying Service (Source: adn.com)

 

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