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  • Andrew Glacier

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    Andrews Glacier is an alpine glacier in a cirque below Otis Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. All of the glaciers at Rocky Mountain National Park are cirque glaciers. A cirque glacier is a small glacier that occupies a bowl-shaped basin at the head of a mountain valley. Cirque glaciers are usually the remnants of much larger valley glaciers. Andrews, Tyndall, and Rowe are all good examples of small cirque glaciers. Read More...
    Andrew Glacier
  • Taylor Glacier

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    Taylor Glacier is a cirque glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park. Cirque glacier: glacier that resides in basins or amphitheaters near ridge crests; most cirque glaciers have a characteristic circular shape, with their width as wide or wider than their length.
    Taylor Glacier
  • Taylor Glacier and Sky Pond

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    Taylor Glacier is a cirque glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rock glacier: A large mass of rock that actively flows like a glacier. Boreholes drilled in rock glaciers have revealed primarily a mixture of ice and rock. Many scientists consider rock glaciers a form of permafrost, but other researchers believe some rock glaciers may form from small glaciers being covered by rock debris. In any case, these complex mixtures of ice and rock flow downhill at speeds up to 1-2 m/year. Rock glaciers in RMNP have been clocked at 13-20 cm/year. While rock glaciers have a characteristic glacier-like or lava-like appearance from the air, they can be hard to recognize on the ground, as they look like nothing more than a rock field or talus slope. Rock glaciers exist below Taylor and Tyndall glaciers, as well as in many other locations without glaciers. If you visit them, take care, because the surfaces of rock glaciers are extremely unstable.
    Taylor Glacier and Sky Pond
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