A glacier is a huge mass of ice that moves slowly over land. Can you spot the glacial features in the photo gallery above? Use the "Vocabulary" tab for some help!
The images in this gallery were collected from two satellites orbiting the Earth: the IKONOS and GeoEye-1 satellites operated and maintained by GeoEye.
- alpine glacier
- tidewater glacier
- terminal moraine
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry alpine glacier Noun
mass of ice that moves downward from a mountain.
long, narrow ocean inlet between steep slopes.
Encyclopedic Entry: fjord glacial activity Noun
process of a glacier moving and changing the landscape.
glacial lake Noun
body of water created by a melting glacier.
mass of ice that moves slowly over land.
Encyclopedic Entry: glacier iceberg Noun
large chunks of ice that break off from glaciers and float in the ocean.
Encyclopedic Entry: iceberg snout Noun
end of a glacier.
mountain lake formed by a melting glacier.
terminal moraine Noun
material deposited at the end of a glacier. Also called an end moraine.
tidewater glacier Noun
mass of moving ice that eventually reaches the ocean.
rock, earth, and gravel left behind by a retreating or melting glacier.