Columbia Icefield

Columbian Icefield

Columbia Icefield

My husband and I have been to the Columbia Icefield many times through the years. The first time was back in 1984 and it has receded a lot since the original time. Back then, we were using film cameras. This is image, however, is more recent. I got off the bus tour that goes up and took an image looking far back towards the height and start of the glacier.

According to Wikipedia, “The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently loses depth at a rate of about 5 metres per year and has receded more than 1.5 km and lost over half of its volume in the past 125 years.”

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Gibbon Intently Looking

I took this photo but then had a hard time trying to remember what type of primate this was.  I thought it might have been an orangutan because of the orange colouring but the face was different. Plus, it has a smaller frame.  I finally figured out that this monkey is actually what is called Gibbon or a Lesser Ape.  Apparently, they pair bond which is different than the Greater Ape.  Plus, I learned that their primary form of locomotion is called “brachiation” where they can swing from branch to branch for distances of up to 15 meters or 50 feet  with speeds as high as 55 km/h or 34 mph.

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