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Mount Edith Cavell

Location: Jasper National Park, South of Jasper Townsite, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 428501 E / 5635809 N

Vital Statistics:  Height: 3363 Metres (11,031 Feet) 

Formation Mechanism: Plate Tectonics

Topographic Map: 82d09 Amethyst Lakes

Description: From the town of Jasper, Mount Edith Cavell dominates the southern skyline. In the summer, its snowcapped summit contrasts with the snowless gray of the neighbouring summits. Edith Cavell was a British nurse during the first world war who stayed behind after Brussels had fallen to the Germans. She helped Allied soldiers return to the front and was subsequently executed by the Germans. She is remembered as a heroine, and this peak is a fitting tribute.

The summit of Edith Cavell stands high above its neighbours, giving an indication that it must be composed of slightly more resistant rock. A close look reveals that the entire summit area is made up of Gog quartzite, a very hard material. Like many Front Range peaks, the layers are at an angle, dropping off towards the southwest. A winding road takes curious travelers to Cavell meadows along the north side of the summit. The Angel Glacier drops down the side of the peak, and the ice age still reigns supreme in this wintry world. The basin holding the glacier is a textbook example of a cirque, a bowl formed by the constant scouring of glacial ice.

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