Mississippi River BasinPhoto Gallery

Headwaters Snowpack


Snowpack: A mass of snow on the ground that is compressed and hardened by its own weight.

May 31, 2008 — NWNL’s Greater Yellowstone Expedition team drove from Cooke City to Beartooth Pass on the Wyoming-Montana Beartooth Highway (Rt 212). It was the first day that this scenic highway, overlooking the Abrasoka Mountains, was open in 2008. The goal was to document the winter snowpack that melts throughout the summer, feeding Clarks Fork and other downstream rivers. The bonus was meeting local residents enjoying their first access this year to this snow field.

Creek of melting snowpack
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Kite skiing on Beartooth Pass
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Sage slopes of Clarks Fork Valley
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Whitebark pine in Shoshone NP
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Snowfields in Abrasoka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Snowy cirques north of Beartooth Pass
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Depth of cut by snow plows on Rte. 212
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Snow-fed mountain stream
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Kite skiing on Beartooth Pass
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Through conifers on Beartooth Lake
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Snowplow deposits on Rte. 212
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Chain Lakes covered with snow
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Skiers preparing for a Beartooth run
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Skis and helmet awaiting
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Skimobilers on Beartooth Pass
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