If you live in an area once covered with ice, you may have seen one of those huge boulders sitting out in the middle of a field and wondered how it got there. You were probably told that it was a glacial erratic from hundreds of miles away, dropped there thousands of years ago by a retreating glacier.
But how did that huge boulder get into the glacier to begin with?
This short video will answer that question.
“On June 24, 2011, a massive rockfall ripped from the top of Mount Rainier’s Nisqually Cleaver, dropping house-sized rocks and thousands of tons of ice onto the Nisqually Glacier below,” explains this YouTube text. “The rockfalls continued for two weeks, affecting skiing and climbing routes. For a full account of the damage, check out the October issue of Backcountry Magazine.”
Thanks to Josh Cooley for this video
“Now imagine what will happen when that sucker blows one day!” saysJosh.
And can you imagine having been lucky enough to have been standing there with your video camera at exactly the right time?