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A Glacier Spilling off Devon Island


This was the backdrop to a talk at the back of the ship by one of the guides out of the wind and in the sun about glaciers and glaciation. There can't be many talks about glaciation where the giver can make a point and then gesture over to one side "which you can see in that glacier there", followed by "...that can be seen in that glacier over there..."

This is the result of two glaciers flowing down from the mountains and meeting at some point upstream, we can tell this because of the medial moraine (the strip of rocky rubble) that lies in the middle of the final part of the glacier formed when the two side moraines (they're called something else really not "side" but I forgot that bit) join together. See I was listening - a bit.

Air temp: +6º C Latitude: 73º 44' N Longitude: 80º 13' W

 

These are pictures from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward. Pentax digital equipment.

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