Friday, 18 August 2017

Mount Logan

Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest peak in North America, after Denali. It is also believed to have the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth.The mountain surprisingly enough is not named after Theodore Logan from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, it was named after Sir William Edmond Logan, a Canadian geologist and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. Mount Logan is located within Kluane National Park Reserve in southwestern Yukon, less than 40 kilometres north of the Yukon/Alaska border and is the source of the Hubbard and Logan Glaciers. 
Knife Rige - Mount Logan
By Christian Stangl - https://www.flickr.com/photos/127405808@N06/15116832326/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38608961
Due to active tectonic uplifting, Mount Logan is still rising in height. In May 1992, a Geological Survey of Canada expedition climbed Mount Logan and fixed the current height of 5,959 metres (19,551 ft), including a massif with eleven peaks over 5,000 metres (16,400 ft).

South east view of Mount Logan
Temperatures are extremely low on and near Mount Logan. On the 5,000 m high plateau, air temperature hovers around −45 °C in the winter and reaches near freezing in summer with the median temperature for the year around −27 °C. Minimal snow melt leads to a significant ice cap, reaching almost 300 metres in certain spots.

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