Lake Louise, Sculpted by Ice

11 Feb

Lake Louise in Winter

Lake Louise is a popular tourist hot spot within the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The region experiences subarctic climate, with average annual snow fall of 3.3m (11ft) and minimum temperature below -50C (-59F). Even in early April, the lake surface is normally still frozen, providing a short cut to the mountains for the hikers, as well as an ice surface for skating and other winter sports activities.

Mountains Sculpted by Glaciers

This beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape was sculpted by ice-age glaciers beginning about two million years ago. The glaciers carved these mountains and gouged the valley into a deep basin which was once filled by the Victoria Glacier. About 10,000 years ago, the ice glacier retreated and left behind a pile of rocks that dammed Lake Louise.

Retreat of the Victoria Glacier

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Alberta, Banff, CANADA


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