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Altered Landscapes Exhibit Opens March 13 At Estes Park Museum

  Bear lake after fire. An unattended campfire set the forest surrounding Bear Lake ablaze in 1900. The fire burned for several weeks, sweeping Glacier Gorge.

Bear lake after fire. An unattended campfire set the forest surrounding Bear Lake ablaze in 1900. The fire burned for several weeks, sweeping Glacier Gorge.

The Estes Park Museum, located at 200 Fourth Street, will open Altered Landscapes, a new temporary exhibit, on March 13 at 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will investigate the natural processes and the human influences that have shaped the landscape of the Estes valley. The public is invited to join Museum staff and Friends for a free opening reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on March 13. The wine and hors d’oeuvres reception is sponsored by the Town of Estes Park and the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Altered Landscapes will be on display through September 20, 2009 in the main gallery of the Museum.

Long ago, natural processes had monumental effects on the landscape. The collision of plates at the Earth’s surface resulted in the formation of the Rocky Mountains approximately 70 million years ago. Massive glaciers from the climax of the Ice Age approximately 20,000 to 12,000 years ago sculpted the land beneath them making deep valleys. Altered Landscapes will also consider how vegetation and animals have shaped the landscape and influenced the existence of one another.

Humans have made more recent changes to the landscape through settlement, water diversion, farming and the building of roads. Learn about the natural and human-influenced process of fire and how it causes dynamic reestablishment of the landscape surface with great effect upon humans, wildlife and vegetation alike. In the exhibit, visitors can predict how alpine glaciers will carve the landscape, test their knowledge of ecological succession and visualize the Estes valley before the existence of its most prominent reservoir.

A department of the Town of Estes Park, the mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as to present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages.

For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum website at www.estes.org/museum. The Museum is located at 200 Fourth Street. Through April, it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning May 1, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is always free.

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