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Slope Mtn

The title of this post can refer either to the experience of gazing upon a massive mountain top…or the fact that said mountain was once at the bottom of the sea!

The sedimentary layers that make up this mountain were layed down millions of years ago, possible from the erosion of an even more ancient mountain, and then the entire formation rose at an intriguing angle, much faster on one side than the other…

Today, this mountain is eroding as well, and creeks and rivers carry its sediment into the nearby ocean.

Someday in the distant future, millions of years from now, this mountain will form new sedimentary layers at the bottom of the sea, and eventually those will sink and then rise into yet another mountain…

It’s recycling on a grand scale!

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2 Comments

  1. Beautiful layering. Where is this?

    • Thank you. This is Slope Mountain in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

      I wrote more about it in today’s post (“What’s in a Name?” 10.22.13) and posted an image that shows more of the mountain.

      Check it out…and thanks for checking in! 😉

      RPRT Photo


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