Glacier Types: Tidewater

Taku Glacier, Alaska, 1929

Grand Pacific Glacier, Glacier Bay, Alaska, 1931

Outlet glaciers, Royal Society Fiord, Northeast Baffin Island, Canada

Holgate Glacier, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

In this photograph from 1969, small glaciers flow into the larger Columbia Glacier from mountain valleys on both sides. Columbia Glacier flows out of the Chugach Mountains into Columbia Bay, Alaska. —Source: United States Geological Survey photograph at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder

Lamplugh Glacier shows the terminus of a typical tidewater glacier, calving small icebergs into Glacier Bay, Alaska. For scale, note the man standing on the rocks in the foreground (near the center of the photograph. This photograph taken in 1941.—Source: W. O. Field photograph at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.