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The Copper River in Alaska - McCarthy River Tours

McCarthy Alaska

As whitewater boaters in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, our work is dictated by the powerful geologic forces at work. In general, geology is a slow force that shapes the earth over thousands or millions of years. But every once in a while, the earth conspires to alter a landscape in a sudden, cataclysmic event. Earthquakes, floods, and volcanoes are all examples of the abrupt, sometimes violent nature of the earth. Meet the jokulhlaup. Pronounced "yo-kull-hop", this Icelandic word literally means "glacier