Reassessing a troublesome fact of mountain life: Avalanches in Glacier National Park (2006)

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For the past decade, our U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research team has rummaged through Glacier National Park?s archives looking for records of snow avalanches. Our searches have paid off. We have found photographs that show snow avalanches blocking progress during the annual spring opening of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, ranger logs that describe cabins and telephone lines destroyed by avalanches, and superintendents? reports that recount avalanche accidents that killed employees or visitors. Recently, we have combined these historical sources with field studies to investigate whether snow avalanches in the park may be more cyclical than random and as much an ecological process as a natural hazard. Our ongoing research in Montana has yielded relevant information for park managers elsewhere who deal with avalanche threats to park infrastructure and for ecologists seeking a better understanding of how mountain ecosystems function.
Year: 2006
Language: English
In: Park Science: Integrating Research and Resource Management.,

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