October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier, close-up view.
Angel Glacier is one of the glaciers in Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. The other glacier is Cavell Glacier at the foothill of Mt. Edith Cavell by Cavell Pond. The third glacier, Ghost Glacier, dangling on the cliff of Mt. Edith Cavell, is no longer present since its collapse in 2012.
Mount Edith Cavell is famous for its glacier sculpted mountain peaks, floating icebergs in the little pond (Cavell Pond) under the Angel Glacier, and breathtaking avalanches that occur from time to time. The hiking trail is very short and well maintained. It can be a great outdoor venue for wedding photography, engagement photos, portrait shots, and family group pictures.
Many tourists hike down to the Cavell Pond for a closer look at floating icebergs and ice caves under the glaciers. Inukshuk (human figures of rock piles) are often built by the tourists around the pond.
October 13, 2013: Mount Edith Cavell hiking trail was packed with tourists on Thanksgiving weekend for the last chance to see the glaciers of the year. The hiking trail is closed after mid-October and re-open in mid-June.
October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier in upper right corner.
October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier and Inukshuk
October 13, 2013: Documentary photos show what Angel Glacier looked like back in 1915 (left), 1922 (middle), and 1978 (right).
October 13, 2013: This exhibit panel shows the aerial view of Angel Glacier, which forms in a large bowl, or cirque, largely hidden from view. Very slowly, it flows out of the cirque towards you. Some ice breaks over the vertical cliffs, forming the angel’s 40-meter-thick winds; the remainder plunges down a steep gully, forming the body. This constant movement of the glacier sometimes causes an ice avalanche, so it is dangerous to climb beneath this hanging glacier.
Video: Avalanches of Angel Glacier
The first half of the video shows an avalanche down the Angel Glacier and a few human figures standing underneath the glacier for scale comparison. The second half shows a bigger avalanche rumbling down the cliff to Cavell Glacier. The third glacier, Ghost Glacier, no longer exists since 2012.
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October 13, 2013: Exhibit area explains the history of Mount Edith Cavell and its glaciers.
October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier
October 13, 2013: Hike down to Cavell Pond for a closer look of Cavell Glacier (left), Angel Glacier (top), and icebergs (right).
October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier, viewed from Cavell Pond
October 13, 2013: Touching the iceberg. It's very hard, just like a giant ice cube. The interior of iceberg is crystal clear, lack of air bubbles.
October 13, 2013: Looking up at Angel Glacier. So amazing!
October 13, 2013: Classic view of Mt. Edith Cavell and its glaciers
October 13, 2013: I built two inukshuk (boy and girl).