Big jam on Big Creek

Well I’ve got a few more “Big Ice Photo Contest” pictures on the way, so while we wait for those to come in, I thought I’d post another kind of ‘big ice’ photo.  These pictures were kindly provided by Andrew Smith, an Environmental Monitoring Technician in the Yukon Territory, Canada.  He took these photos on Big Creek,  located just above Carmack’s (in south/mid Yukon).

Andrew used a time-lapse camera to monitor the river during breakup and darn near lost it when this huge ice jam formed. Notice the ice scar on the tree and the forked branch in the pictures – they give you a feel for just how high the ice got here.  I’d say that was a pretty precise camera placement!  The river staged up 1.4 m (4.6 ft) during this event.

Before…

During…

After…

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About Faye Hicks

I am a professor emeritus, civil engineer, animal lover and writer.
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