Not all glaciers reach the ocean or a valley floor. Hanging glaciers, like this one in the Alps near Zermatt, Switzerland, stop partway down a mountain cliff. The icefalls and avalanches caused by hanging glaciers often put the area beneath them at risk.

Photograph by Kledia Dono, MyShot
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A glacier is a huge mass of ice that moves slowly over land