All Things Must Pass

Elk pinned to tree, most likely by an avalanche

An avalanche is an event that occurs when a cohesive slab of snow lying upon a weaker layer of snow fractures and slides down a steep slope.

After initiation, avalanches accelerate rapidly and grow in mass and volume as they entrain more snow.

Some avalanches have been clocked at over 100mph (160kph).

Anything not nailed down and in the path of the avalanche will be taken for a ride, including boulders, trees, climbers, skiers, republicans, democrats, twigs, vegans, scientologists, carnists, christians, gum wrappers, bigfoot, lochness monster, giant squids, elephants, other snow, even elk!

So why is only the face of the elk missing?

Answer: soft tissue like the eyes, mouth, head and face are usually the first thing to be consumed by insects and other scavengers.

The body of this carcass might have also been buried in snow with only the face exposed, so unless a large predator happened to find it and pull it out, it would have stayed there until the spring thaw.


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