Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Glacial Remnants

There were once glaciers that covered the Wasatch Mountains (and others) in Utah. This far south, the only remnants of a glacier are these small firn snow fields on the eastside of Mount Timpanogos. Some refer to these snowfields as a glacier, but they would have be made of ice and moving to qualify. Given the fact that this summer has been one of the hottest on record, even this small amount of snow will not persist for long. The huge piles of glacial moraine can be seen in the foreground and up on the next level above the lower cliff. It is not too hard to imagine the huge sheets of ice that covered this area not all that long ago.

1 comment:

  1. There is actually remnant glacial ice not far beneath the rocks surrounded by snow just above center in this photo. Look up "100 Years on the Timpanogos Glacier" on Summitpost, it's really interesting!