Glacier Landforms: Grooves and Striations

Glacial grooves and striations are gouged or scratched into bedrock as the glacier moves downstream. Boulders and coarse gravel get trapped under the glacial ice, and abrade the land as the glacier pushes and pulls them along.

Kelleys Island glacial groovesThese glacial grooves are part of the Glacial Grooves State Monument located on Kelleys Island in Ohio. These grooves were scoured into the rock by an ice sheet that once covered part of North America. —Credit: Photograph by Virginia Hill

Glacial Grooves State MonumentHistoric glaciers pushed and dragged rocks and debris as they flowed across the landscape, gauging deep grooves into the bedrock at Glacial Grooves State Monument located on Kelleys Island in Ohio. —Credit: Photograph by Micah Maziar

Last updated: 16 March 2020