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Fusillade Mountain | by Philip Kuntz
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Fusillade Mountain

View over Glacier Park's St. Mary lake of Fusillade Mountain (8750') and Gunsight Ridge.


"Part of the Lewis Range, Fusillade is situated along the east side of the Continental Divide immediately north of Mount Jackson and south of Reynolds Mountain. The mountain is a east-west trending ridge with steep slopes on the south and especially north sides. However, when most commonly seen from the east along St. Mary Lake, the mountain takes on a horn-shaped or pyramid-like appearance.

The sedimentary rock of Fusillade Mountain was shaped by 1.6 billion years of geologic processes from sediment deposition, uplift, thrust faulting, and erosion by glaciers. The major geologic event that sculpted the landscape of Fusillade Mountain and the other peaks in Glacier National Park began approximately 2 million years ago when large ice sheets of the Pleistocene Ice Age repeatedly advanced and retreated until about 12,000 years ago. Most of the remaining glaciers in the park are located in the vicinity near Fusillade Mountain, but most are receding due to global warming.

Fusillade Mountain was named in 1891 by George Bird Grinnell for the folly of hunters futily shooting at goats on the side of this mountain. Fusillade is defined as an attack with a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession."



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Taken on June 24, 2009