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  • A mudslide; a flood caused by release of a glacial lake.

    January 6, 2008

  • I actually saw this happen once, in ANWR during a hellacious thunder storm. It was the most awesome sight I have ever seen. The lake was at the top of an 800 ft. precipice, blocked by snow and ice. The storm caused it to give way. The resulting snow/ice/water/boulder slide was indescribable. The maps of the area changed after that.

    Two ironies: Thirty minutes earlier we had been directly under that precipice, and I had put my video camera away due to the storm.

    January 6, 2008

  • Wow! That was a day to remember! Thanks for sharing that. It should go on some list about Alaska!

    Wait... reesetee has some lists about weather... Not sure if this fits the criteria though.

    January 7, 2008

  • It may not fit my list (Palooka has one too), but it's definitely a great story! Oh, to have caught it on tape, skipvia! Although I'd imagine that the memories alone are vivid enough.

    January 7, 2008

  • You can find the spot on Google Earth, reseetee. Go to 68˚ 27' 37.42" N 149˚ 16' 13.60" W and face north. Level out the terrain a bit and you'll see a gap between two peaks with an alluvial outwash. That's the spot.

    EDIT: I should have said "face south" and not north, as the original post suggested.

    January 8, 2008

  • Great idea--thanks!

    January 8, 2008

  • Reesetee--face SOUTH, not north, when you go there. My bad...

    January 8, 2008

  • Ah! That makes a big difference. :-)

    January 8, 2008