Glacier Types: Mountain

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.

Historic photograph of Chickamin Glacier, 1941Chickamin 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.

Historic photograph of Variegated Glacier, Alaska, 1965Variegated 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.