Friday, January 23, 2009

Nature Boy 2 -- Clean Sweep

This is the westerly side-chute of the Nature Boy avalanche. Most of the snow and debris came down a little to the east, but this side chute is such an amazing illustration of the way avalanches can denude a mountain-side. This gully didn't really exist before. There was nothing but a slight depression in the ground in what was forest. Now an eroded gully extends far up the mountain, the trees swept clean, the forest that used to be here now part of the debris pile on the far side the the highway. A dusting of new snow has made the gully quite pretty.

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