A Walk Through Time: Gardner Canyon Geology
Karen Williams, Ph.D.
A Walk Through Time is an exploration of the geologic past as seen in the geologic formations of Mount Everts. We will hike off-trail to the summit of Mount Everts and stop along the way to point out characteristics of the landscape that put the geologic history of the northern part of the Park into context. The slopes of Mount Everts are open and give a wide view of the surrounding mountains and canyons. As we ascend higher on Mount Everts, the rock units get younger and younger, as we walk from the distant past and observe geologic formations within Mount Everts, Sepulcher Mountain, Electric Peak, Devils Slide and Bunsen Peak. As we approach the top of Everts, we can observe the relatively recent remains of the last ice age on Everts and across the valley on Deckard Flats.
About the instructors
Karen Williams is a geomorphologist with a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Montana State University. She has taught geomorphology at Montana State and led field trips and geology hikes for MSU, Montana Wilderness Association, and Yellowstone Forever. She has worked in glaciated landscapes ranging from the Yukon to Yellowstone. She also has over twenty years of experience in stream restoration and serves on the board of directors of the Clearwater Resource Council, the watershed conservation group of the Clearwater River in western Montana.
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