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Margery H. Freeman
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Glacier National Park, Montana
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Carved rock walls above Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, MT

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Carved rock walls above Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, MT. A sharp pinnacle juts above the rest. The horizontal strata of thousands of years of mineral deposit and formation are visible in the cliff’s steep sides.

The park protects over one million acres of land in the Northern Rocky Mountains, from lakes and valleys formed by glaciers to forests, alpine meadows, and rugged peaks. It is known to Native Americans as the “Backbone of the World.” It is home to over 70 species of mammals and hosts 260 species of birds throughout the year. Its name comes from its glacier-carved scenery and the glaciers that remain today. The area was designated as the country’s 10th national park in 1910 by President Taft, which protected it from mining and homesteading. Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, located just over the border in Canada, were designated the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in 1932, which celebrates the peace between the two nations.