Wheeler Peak Cirque

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
5643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 100
State/Province/Region
Nevada
Nearest Area
Great Basin NP
Town
Baker
Notes

EF 70-200mm @ 70mm; f/16 @ q/50 sec, +0.33 EV, ISO 100

Description

Wheeler Peak, standing at over 13,000 feet, provides classic examples of the erosional forces of glaciation. Ice pried, plucked and carried away quartzite from the cool northeast slopes of the higher reaches in the Snake Range. When the glaciers melted and receded, deep bowls called "cirques" were exposed. Also visible today are the rocky hummocks called moraines. Wheeler Peak Cirque shelters the only known remaining glacier in Great Basin NP. Although this image was made in early June, access beyond Mather Overlook, where this image was made, was denied.

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Date Added
April 10, 2021
Date Taken
April 9, 2021