This argument is problematic to me because:
- The common belief is false. The meltwater from the Rae Glacier supplies about 5% of the headwater creek of the Elbow. Maybe less than 5%. The Rae Glacier is not the headwaters of the Elbow River.
- The argument assumes that the Rae Glacier supplies a significant quantity of water to the Elbow. Also false. The Rae's contribution probably wouldn't provide more than about 10 homes with water. Rae's contribution is probably less than 0.005% of the flow that arrives in Calgary.
- The argument ignores a whole heck of a lot of rain and snow that falls in the entire Elbow River drainage, which supplies 99.5% of the water that arrives in Calgary.
|In the grass|
|As you arrive|
|From the south shore|
|Mt. Rae in the distance. The peak on the left has no name|
|Coming up the ridge|
|One twisted, bent, folded, faulted chunk of rock|
|Looking up the valley. Top of the Rae Glacier visible|
|Girls and their babies|
|Looking back from whence we came|
|The actual headwaters of the Elbow. Rae Glacier is to my right.|
|Footprints in the snow|
|The view from higher up|
|The Elbow River|
|The actual source of the Elbow. Not from the glacier|
|The basin above the falls. Lotsa rock.|
|KC on the basin lip, the "spring" below her|