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3 thoughts on “Glaciology”

  1. I have seen illustrations that show the laurentide ice sheet ending in a 2-mile high vertical drop at its terminus. Is this realistic? How high can a vertical ice face exist on an ice sheet?

    1. Laura Boyall

      Hi James, thanks for your question.
      I am not familiar with the illustration, however I would say this illustration is false as whilst glacier terminus’s can be high (e.g. 10s of meters), they are not that two miles high.


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