hanging glacier


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hanging glacier

n
(Geological Science) a glacier situated on a shelf above a valley or another glacier; it may be joined to the lower level by an icefall or separate from it
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Dozens of guides were on the move when a huge block of ice broke off from a hanging glacier, before splitting into smaller chunks and barrelling down into the icefall, one of the most dangerous areas en route to the summit.
Named for the remarkable hanging glacier below its summit (literal translation 'mother's amulet box') it is a breathtaking sight suspended in the sky like a giant phoenix spreading its sparkling wings.
Johnson watched the commercial for the first time, at the end she nervously laughed out loud, relieved at the outcome of him sliding down a hanging glacier and--surviving.
The hotel enjoys stunning views of a hanging glacier and, despite the luxurious trappings around you, it feels like you have been dropped off in the wilderness.
A kayaker's minimum safe distance from a hanging glacier is a half mile.
Irfan Ali, a student, said Haramosh was a tourist attraction as it was home to hanging glaciers, lakes, peaks, forests and pastures.
HANGING GLACIERS: Also called ice aprons, these glaciers cling to steep mountainsides.