Jul 17, 2014 12:21 PM by News Staff
The Konwakiton glacier also known as the Mud Creek glacier on the south side of Mount Shasta is melting, which has resulted in murky water flowing through the McCloud River.
During dry years, the Mud Creek glacier on the south side of Mount Shasta is very exposed with the low snow accumulation.
The excessive glacier melt begins carving through deep ash deposits on the mountain. This "river of mud" is a natural occurrence during low snow years and has occurred at least seven times in the past 100 years.
The worst occurrences were in 1924, 1926 and 1930, all very dry years.Photos:
The first photo, of the McCloud River, was taken July 16, 2014 and shows the murky water. (Photo Courtesy: PG&E)
The second photo shows the Mud Creek glacier in 1924, a year documented as one of the driest in the past 100 years. (Photo Courtesy: McCloud Fly Fishing Club)
The third photo shows the Mud Creek glacier in 2007 when snow levels were at a more "normal level" (Photo Courtesy: John Scurlock)