When scientists talk about the cryosphere, they mean the places on Earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. Read more ...
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Mountain, or alpine, glaciers develop in high mountainous regions, and can range from very small masses of glacial ice to long glacier system filling a mountain valley.
Chickamin Glacier flows through the coastal mountains shared by southeast Alaska and British Columbia, Canada. —Credit: Photograph by John C. Reed. 1941. Chickamin Glacier: From the Glacier Photograph Collection. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.
Variegated Glacier winds through the Saint Elias Mountains in Alaska, terminating near Yakutat Bay. —Credit: Photograph by Austin Post. 1965. Variegated Glacier: From the Glacier Photograph Collection. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.