plateau glacier

plateau glacier

[pla′tō ¦glā·shər]
(hydrology)
A highland glacier that overlies a generally flat mountain tract; usually overflows its edges in hanging glaciers.
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Anthropologist Frederica de Laguna (1972:85, 86, 91) described the Alsek River as a "highway" to the interior, accessible from Yakutat Bay via the Nunatak and Hidden Glaciers, from Glacier Bay via Melbern and Grand Pacifi c Glaciers, and from Lituya Bay by a route across the Grand Plateau Glacier. Nunataks (knobs of bedrock poking through the i1cefields) reportedly provided navigational guides, as we hear below.
South of Dry Bay, similar patterns occurred beneath Mount Fairweather: ice stood at the mouth of Lituya Bay a thousand years ago, when the Grand Plateau glacier spilled into the Pacific (Miller, 1960).
The Stanley Plateau glacier lies astride the Nile-Zaire continental watershed, with glaciers draining from it in three directions.
The meltwater from the Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau glaciers, for example, provide fresh water for the people of India, China and most of Southeast Asia.