East Beckwith Mountain

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East Beckwith Mountain
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East Beckwith Mountain viewed from the northeast. The high point is the summit on the right.
Highest point
Elevation 12,441 ft (3,792 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 2,492 ft (760 m) [3]
Isolation 6.24 mi (10.04 km) [3]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Coordinates 38°50′47″N107°13′24″W / 38.8463678°N 107.2232546°W / 38.8463678; -107.2232546 Coordinates: 38°50′47″N107°13′24″W / 38.8463678°N 107.2232546°W / 38.8463678; -107.2232546 [1]
Geography
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East Beckwith Mountain
Location Gunnison County, Colorado, U.S. [4]
Parent range West Elk Mountains [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Anthracite Range, Colorado [1]
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East Beckwith Mountain is a prominent mountain summit in the West Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,441-foot (3,792 m) peak is located in the West Elk Wilderness of Gunnison National Forest, 13.4 miles (21.5 km) west by south (bearing 264°) of the Town of Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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Geology

East Beckwith Mountain is a laccolith, formed when magma intruded into Mancos Shale approximately 30 million years ago. Subsequently the softer, overlying sedimentary rock has eroded away, exposing the more resistant igneous rock. East Beckwith Mountain is one of over a dozen laccoliths in the West Elk and adjacent Elk Mountains. Of these laccoliths, East Beckwith Mountain is noted for its distinctive glacial landforms. On the north side of this elongated, east-west oriented mountain, there are five glacially carved cirques with intervening arêtes, and moraines fan out from the mountain's base. [5] [6]

Historical names

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "EAST BECKWITH". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  2. 1 2 The elevation of East Beckwith Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.924 m (+6.31 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "East Beckwith Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 "East Beckwith Mountain". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. Prather, Thomas (1999). Geology of the Gunnison Country (2nd ed.). Gunnison, Colorado: B&B Printers. LCCN   82-177244.
  6. "Geologic Road Log of Kebler Pass" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 February 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2020.