OK, here’s another trivia; these 2 mountains, Mt Drum on the left and Mt Sanford on the right, are volcanic mountains. Mt Sanford is a shield volcano. Shield volcanos are the result of low viscosity lava flows (free flowing) that build up over time – the lava flows and flows, hardens, flows, etc, and the mountains gradually grow. They tend to have a lower profile with shallow, kind of sloping sides .. they become broader mountains, typically, and are sometimes mistaken to be entire mountain ranges.
Shield Volcanoes are basalt rock; Mount Sanford is mainly composed of Andesite, an igneous rock formed along plate margins .. and the Wrangells are on the junction of 2 major plates along the Pacific rim. The name Andesite comes from the Andes mountain Range in South America, which are also largely a function of tectonic plate movements. The faces of Mt. Sanford and Mount Drum have been largely eroded away by glacial action, so they tend to no longer have the broad rounded structure of most shield volcanoes. On the southern face, Mt Sanford rises over 8000′ in one mile, which I believe is one of the steepest mountain faces in North America. A plane crashed into Sanford in the late 19040’s, and the wreckage wasn’t found until 1999, because it was covered by snow so soon after the crash. Global warming probably uncovered it.
This shot was taken from down at Willow Lake .. frozen over and covered with wind blown snow, I clambered around trying to find a nice foreground pattern for this shot. I tripped the shutter, threw my tripod and camera rig over my shoulder, and stumbled blindly back to my van, climbed inside, started it up, and ran the heater full-bore until the blood returned to my pinky fingers. I finally stopped crying around 10am the following morning.
Oh, the trivia question is this: which one of these 2 mountain is taller? No cheating.