A Glacier Spilling off Devon Island

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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 speaker 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 lateral moraines join together. See I was listening.

Air temp: +6ºC Latitude: 73º44'N Longitude: 80º13'W

Photo; © Paul Ward - These are pictures from a cruise to the High Arctic in high summer, from Resolute Bay, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.