TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #25
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #25: As the boats drifted around a bend in the #river, our view UP the glacial valley aligned. The hills out of view to the left are green, south-facing slopes covered with dense brush and forest. The #WalkerGlacier is descending a valley between those slopes and the northern side of some much larger #summits that you see here. Those summits accumulate #snow and all of them have generated small #glaciers that are feeding into the Walker on the valley floor. As ragged as the glacier looks, weather permitting, we will walk on it for a good bit of the next day. Moments later a small #cove in the #river appeared and we eddied in to a nice beach in quiet water. The fine glacial silt in the dry, runoff streambeds of the glacier is going to make for some very comfortable sleeping tonight, and the #streambeds would serve as our pathways of approach to the glacier in the morning.
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