Glacier Types: Mountain

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Retreating glaciers in BhutanRetreating mountain glaciers in Bhutan. This satellite image shows the termini of several glaciers in the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. The glaciers have been receding over the past few decades, and lakes have formed on the surfaces and near the termini of many of the glaciers. —Source: NASA's ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite). Image provided by Jeffrey Kargel, USGS,NASA JPL,AGU, through NASA's Earth Observatory.

Muddy River Glacier, 1948Muddy River Glacier carves its way through forested mountains near Frederick Sound in southeast Alaska. Typical of mountain glaciers, it is constrained on all sides by mountainous terrain. —Source: U. S. Navy photograph,NSIDC

Chickamin Glacier, 1941Chickamin Glacier, bounded by mountains on both sides, flows past a cabin in this photograph taken in 1941. Chickamin Glacier is located in the coastal mountains shared by southeast Alaska and British Columbia, Canada. —Source: USGS/L.C. Reed photograph/NSIDC

Donjek Glacier, Yukon, Canada, 1985Donjek Glacier in the Saint Elias Range, Yukon Territory, Canada. —Source: Natural Resources Canada. Photograph by Douglas Hodgson. Copyright Terrain Sciences Division, Geological Survey of Canada.

Variegated GlacierIn this undated photograph, Variegated Glacier winds through the Saint Elias Mountains in Alaska, terminating near Yakutat Bay. —Source: Austin Post photograph/NSIDC

Fox Glacier, Southern Alps, New ZealandFox Glacier, Southern Alps, New Zealand. —Source: Photograph courtesy of Tom Lowell's Glacier Image Database, University of Cincinnati.