Phenomena

Glacial Remains

The high walls of this alpine canyon were cut by flowing glacial ice. This type of amphitheater-shaped valley is known as a cirque. The photo shows one of the Chicago Lakes on Mount Evans in the Colorado Rockies. The glacier that once sat here carved the steep walls you see in the background but also hollowed out a series of depressions like the ones shown in the figure below. When temperatures warmed and the glacier melted, it left behind a series of three small lakes, or tarns, like the one in the photo above. Cirques are found throughout the mountain ranges of the world. (Image credit: Mt. Evans – J. Shoer; cirque formation – DooFi)

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