If you fancy the idea of being on--or inside--an active glacier
, then this trail is a must-do.
As we fill our bottles, Stock points out the fine dust coating our boots--glacial flour, sign of an active glacier
Local valleys are occupied by active glaciers
that extend down to elevations of 3,800 to 3,900 m.
The north shore of Devon Island--with its active glaciers
discharging into water from the Arctic Ocean undiluted by water of Atlantic origin, and with reasonably certain access for ship supply each year--was the logical base site for the original objectives.
Dominated by majestic, snow-capped peaks and dotted with countless sapphire lakes, waterfalls, fjords and valleys reminiscent of Middle Earth's Rivendell, the region is home to hundreds of the world's most active glaciers
And finally, it appears that the large-scale and complex features seen elsewhere connote repeated channel formation beneath very active glaciers
, whereas it seems likely that the N-channels on Flat Rock were the result of a single short-lived episode of erosion at the distal margin of a waning ice sheet.