Monday, December 23, 2013

CA-386547 & CA-391926

Officials from Canada. My 2nd card of Athabasca Glacier in Alberta and St. Thomas Anglican Church in Whitby, Ontario.

 Alberta Color
CA-386547, sent by Susan.
The Columbia Icefield is a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains. Lying on a wide, elevated plateau, it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Nearly three-quarters of the park's highest peaks are located close to the icefield; ideally placed to catch much of the moisture that Pacific winds carry across the British Columbia interior. Most of this precipitation falls as snow; up to 7 metres a year!
Since more snow falls in a year than can melt during the short summer season, it accumulates. As time passes, the snow transforms into ice and begins to flow outward through gaps in the mountains surrounding the icefield, creating great tongues of ice called glaciers.

The Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Situated across from the Icefield Centre, its ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of several centimeters per day. Spilling from the Columbia Icefield over three giant bedrock steps, the glacier flows down the valley like a frozen, slow-moving river. Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. - in: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/explore-interets/glacier-athabasca.aspx

Photo by Schrembi
CA-391926, sent by Linda.
St. Thomas Church is one of the oldest Anglican churches in the area, was constructed in 1869. It
was designed by an architect (unusual for a small country church), Henry Langley, who also designed other historic buildings in the area. The bell was added in 1873. 

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