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Glaciers !!

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by Alaska Boss, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Glaciers are everywhere in this part of Alaska, & have a definte effect on the winds & weather in their surrounding areas,... so for those of you who don't have them in your backyards... this is what they look like...

    This is a small glacier just south of where I live,... about 30 or 40 years ago, it almost came right to the edge of the road... :waving:

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  2. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Ice bergs

    Glaciers that terminate on the ocean are called "tide-water" glaciers, & the chunks that break off are called ice bergs,... this one I passed by while running my charter boat a few years ago,.. it had a hole in it shaped kinda like a heart.... xysport (scanned photo, so it's kinda small)
     

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  3. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Here's a bigger glacier that ends against a big river south of where I live....

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  4. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Glaciers that end at a water source almost always have sharp, steep faces,.. & when pieces & chunks break off,... it's called "calving",...

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  5. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Sometimes the faces of these glaciers can be several hundred feet high....

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  6. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    But the best time to get really close to glaciers & see just how much ice they are made of, is late winter, when one can get to places on snowmachines that are inaccessible at any other time of year,...

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  7. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    inaccessible

    But one must be very careful too... glaciers usually are full of huge cracks & gullies called "cravasses", and some of these can be "bridged" over with a snow drift, that makes it look solid until you get on it, then it collapses & down you go never to be seen again... here I'm standing next to an ice gorge, but at least i have solid ground under my feet. xysport

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  8. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    inaccessible

    Climbing on a chunk of ice bigger than a house,....

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  9. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    inaccessible

    How long do you think it will take for this chunk of ice to melt?? :dizzy:

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  10. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Sometimes you can find the weirdest things in ice. Here I found a round hole that was "bored" right thru a solid chunk of ice. This piece used to be turned upright when it was still attached to the glacier, & it must have had a small crack that water could run thru while it melted, & eventually drilled out this tunnel, then the whole chunk broke off, & fell sideways, & this is how I found it,...
     
  11. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    ooops.. forgot the photo...

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  12. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    Anyone see a Great White Shark here frozen in the ice?? :eek:

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  13. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Some of the huge chunks of ice that get shoved around at the end of a glacier can be quite spectacular !! :eek:

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  14. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    Arch-ways sometimes form when 2 chunks get shoved together or it thaws under the middle,....

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  15. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Glaciers cover hundreds of square miles thru-out Alaska & Canada...

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  16. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
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    These "ice mountains" make for some truely spectacular scenery during the winter.... :waving: :waving: :waving:

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  17. raptorman03

    raptorman03 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    Killer pics. I would love to see that stuff some day!!!prsport
     
  18. vanwhyjr

    vanwhyjr Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Dude,

    I hope you have a large guest room!! I'm on my way up.prsport
    Those are some awesome frakin' views!!
     
  19. VAhighwayman

    VAhighwayman Senior Member
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    Awesome!! Can you just imagine if the ice was able to talk..the stories that will come outta there...
     
  20. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
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    You have the best pictures:D