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Avalanche Basin Podcast Series

Avalanche Gorge

View of Avalanche Gorge

NPS Photo

Situated near the head of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, the Avalanche Basin is part of the larger glacially-carved McDonald valley. The highlight of the basin is Avalanche Lake and its outlet stream Avalanche Creek. Water draining from the basin's steep slopes cumulates in the rushing icy blue waters of Avalanche Creek and scours through layers of rock to create the sculpted red walls of Avalanche Gorge.

For many, the hike along the creek and up to Avalanche Lake is a favorite for the area's beauty and tranquility. What some may not realize is the unique biological richness that exists in the basin. The interplay of climate and geology over time has resulted in a living environment where terrestrial and aquatic species flourish.

To truly tell the rich story of life in this basin and to understand its complexities, the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center worked with graduate students from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana to create short essays on various aspects of the Avalanche Basin. These essays were then turned in to audio podcasts for all to enjoy. Each piece has a different focus, such as geology or wildlife, but all give insight to the feelings this special place evokes for those who are fortunate enough to experience it.

Join us for our series of audio podcasts that explore this treasured area of Glacier National Park. Listen to each of the podcasts below and learn, explore, and experience what makes the Avalanche Basin the extraordinary place it is.

 

 
Avalanche Basin Audio Podcasts

We have provided MP3 format files that are available for download here. They are compatable with many different types of devices.


Geology of Avalanche Basin
Hydrology of Avalanche Basin
Wildlife of Avalanche Basin
Cultural History of Avalanche Basin
Climate of Avalanche Basin
Soils and Geology of Avalanche Basin

 

 

Thank you to Kyle Watson, Grace Brogan, Elizabeth Baker, Adrianna Ely, Kate Sheridan, and Meghan Rorick for their contributions to this project and to the Glacier National Park Fund for providing funding for the Avalanche Basin podcast series.

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