Section 2: Adventures Shaped by Climate

April 7th, 2014 by Lindsay

“Climate and landscape are deeply connected. The mountains have been sculpted by glaciers, landslides, rivers, and frost: forces that are dictated by climate. The Earth experienced multiple periods of cold climate between 2.6 million years ago and 11,700 years ago, a time known as the Ice Age. Ice Age glaciers shaped many of the iconic features of the White Mountains, including Tuckerman and Huntington ravines.”

Gigapan photograph by Jim Surette

“Some of the world’s best alpinists learn their craft and train in the White Mountains. The White Mountains may not be very high, but their steep terrain, combined with northern latitudes and a convergence of different weather patterns, produce conditions here that are comparable to those in the planet’s greatest ranges.”

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