Title Bar: Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms

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MORE EXAMPLES OF CIRQUE GLACIERS

    Erosional Landforms
    Arete
    Cirque
    Col
    Giant stair steps
    Glacial trough
    Groove
    Hanging valley
    Headwall
    Horn
    Paternoster lakes
    Striations
    Tarn
    U-shaped valley

    Depositional Landforms
    Moraine
    End moraine
    Ground moraine
    Lateral moraine
    Medial moraine

    Ice Features
    Cirque glacier
    Valley glacier
    Crevasse
    Ice fall
    Ogives

Photo: cirque glacier

Dana Glacier, Yosemite National Park is an example of a cirque glacier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: G.K. Gilbert. 1903. USGS Photographic Library, photo ggk03277. < http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/> Accessed June 2010.
Topographic map: cirque glacier The topographic map to the left has two examples of cirque glaciers, both of which are labeled. The glaciers are symbolized with blue contour lines and delimited with a dashed blue line. The glaciers do not extend beyond the edges of their cirques, although the extent of the moraine deposits indicates the glaciers were larger in the past than they are today. Glacial troughs exist down-valley from these cirque glaciers (not shown on this portion of map) indicating that these cirque glaciers grew sufficietly large in the past to form valley glaciers that extended well beyond the portion of the landscape shown in the map.
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