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.

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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They've been told its extreme height and changeable weather make for a challenging climb, numerous hanging glaciers fall from its huge mass and the surrounding mountains are steeply sloped and incredibly arid.
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Banff - well known among winter sports fans as a top ski resort - has some classic mountain scenery: giant hanging glaciers, sparking emerald lakes and tumbling waterfalls.
The smallest glaciers are hanging glaciers, and rest on the sides of steep mountain slopes.
Sitting on Mount Alyeska at 2,300 feet above sea level with a panoramic view of Turnagain Arm, the Chugach Mountains and the seven hanging glaciers that give this restaurant its name is worth every penny you spend on lunch.