Glaciers of the World

Nature's conveyor belt

Much debris is transported within the body of the glacier ‘englacially’. It can gain this position by deformation processes lifting it from the bed or from the surface by falling into crevasses. In this case, Taylor Glacier in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, debris has frozen to the bed as a series of layers. Debris melting out from beneath the debris-rich ice is ‘till’. MH

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