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This is Snow Dome (Sept 2018). It’s an iconic landmark at the Columbia Icefields. Snow Dome’s summit elevation is 3,456m (11, 339′). It’s easily viewed from the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park. It stands on the Continental Divide and the BC / AB. provincial border

Snow Dome is a Triple Divide and hydrological apex, the only one in Canada. It is the source intersection of three massive watersheds that occupy most of the Canadian landmass and which respectively culminate in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

I first saw Snow Dome in the summer of 1987, my first summer in Canada when I worked at the Icefields and this was my view every day. I do not see a whole lot of change on Snow Dome since then, but the evidence of rapid glacial melt nearby is impossible to ignore. These melting glaciers supply almost all the water to the cities and farmlands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the heartland of Canada’s anti-climate science conservative base.

Snow Dome

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