Glacier National Parks' Spectacular St. Mary Lake is Shown in This Fridge Magnet
Located along the border between the American state of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, Glacier National Park can be considered to be the roof of the continent of North America. While not the highest point in the continent, the park includes Triple Divide Peak, where the continental divides separating the watersheds of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans Meet. This is a landscape of soaring peaks, rumbling glaciers and chilly but beautiful lakes which has captivated generations. St. Mary Lake is just one of those places, where the park's craggy peaks are reflected in the still waters. The lake is known for its trout and all of northern Montana is a fly fisherman's dream. St. Mary Lake is a point where the Great Plains abruptly meet the mountains in the form of great rocky escarpments, making for impressive pictures like the one in this magnet.
Glacier Nation's Parks Famous Glaciers Have Reshaped the Landscape
In the background of this image of St. Mary's Lake, one can see the geological impact of the park's famous glaciers. Today, Glacier National Park has thirty five glaciers (down from 150 in the 1850s due to global warming), but the landscape we see today was shaped by the continental glaciers of the last Ice Age. The fronts of the mountains are sheered off into flat surfaces by these rivers of ice. High up on these cliff walls are numerous hanging valleys, which once held feeder glaciers from the peaks. The soils of the area are poor, scoured by the ice, and are dotted with erratics - boulders left behind by the retreating ice - and other glacial features. The processes continue today, though at a much reduced level, in the surviving glaciers, which bring so many visitors to the park every year.