Hanging Glacier

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hanging glacier

[′haŋ·iŋ ¦glā·shər]
A glacier lying above a cliff or steep mountainside; as the glacier advances, calving can cause ice avalanches.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hanging Glacier


a mountain glacier lying in a shallow depression on a steep mountain slope and terminating high up on the slope of the main valley (hence the name hanging). Along with the genetically related cirque glaciers, hanging glaciers are the most widely found mountain glaciers. They frequently cause ice slides.

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