Mountain glaciers

These, as their definition describes, are bodies of ice that are found in the mountains. These can be classified in many ways, bearing in mind their geographical position, shape, temperature. Size is not a criterion used to distinguish these glaciers, some of them are very small, as the Calderone glacier on the Gran Sasso d’Italia mountain in the Apennines, which is little more than a thin strip of old snow (at present it is considered practically “extinct”), or the gigantic ice “rivers”, that are dozens or even hundreds of kilometres long, with ice thicknesses over 1000 m, as the large Alaskan glaciers, among which the most extended is the Bering Glacier, followed by the Malaspina Glacier whose outlet on the planes expands into a piedmont lobe that is the largest in the world.

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    Exploring the ice

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    The cryosphere

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    Scheme of glacial cave systems

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    The Forni glacier

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    Icebergs, ice packs and glaciers

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    Ice shapes

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    Exploring the ice

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    The cryosphere

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    Scheme of glacial cave systems

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