Malte Brun Range is flanked by Glaciers

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Ian Stehbens on March 22, 2010

Between my viewpoint on the Liebig Range and the glacier-flanked Malte Brun Range lies the Murchison Valley. It is 1400M below me, and 2300M below Mount Malte Brun, the highest peak pictured.

The large icefield in the centre is the Onslow Glacier. As can be seen, it does not flow as far as the Murchison Valley floor any more. It is now a "perched glacier". Two glaciers here do flow all the way down to feed their ice into the Murchison Glacier. The Baker Glacier forms on the highslopes of Mt Malte Brun (the highest peak) and descends (out of sight) down the deep valley that falls from the mountain. Then in the distance, the glacier that forms in the icefield that wraps around the sharp peak and which can be seen descending near the edge of photo, flows all the way down into the Murchison Glacier. This is Dixon Glacier.

Peaks L-R: Mt Nathan 2868M (edge of photo), double peaked Aiguilles Rouge 2950M, Mt Malte Brun 3199M, Mt Hamilton 3025M, sharp Haeckel Peak 2965M and lower down on edge of photo Rose Peak 2608M.

Glaciers L-R: Raey from which two meltwater streams can be seen, Leckey, Onslow, Cascade (out of sight in deep valley), Baker (from slopes of Malte Brun in the next deep long valley, Wheeler and Dixon.

For the geographic record

Juan Pastor on March 22, 2010

Impressive landscape, Ian. Great shot!

Greetings, Juan.

Ian Stehbens on March 22, 2010

Thank you, Juan. I had never before been so surrounded by glaciers. I was impressed. With the valley 1400M below and the peaks 900M above I found it so awesome.

Warm regards,


Maja Weidemueller on March 24, 2010

I love the goegraphic record Ian. Thank you. We only see what we know.... thanks for providing me with knowledge... What remains inconceivable inspite of all information is the dimension of it - 1400 m below you - the peak 900 m above ~ easy to understand, impossible to feel without being on the spot. I know that from South America :) the heights are so impressive because they tower up right from the sea ~ you'll see....

Thank you Ian. Love, Maja

Ian Stehbens on March 25, 2010

Thanks for that encouragement, Maja. I must admit I get a little weary of endless images that have never been geo-located or identified. That Panoramio is a site that led the field in geo-location made it special for me.

When one is hiking, one quickly gets to know almost every bump or pit in a landscape. But when flying around in a plane of helicopter as a passenger, especially if you are the camera man, it is quite easy to become disoriented. I experienced a little of that here. Some peaks and ranges look quite similar, and some of the close-up have been hard to identify. Some peaks are familiar from one direction, but look very different from the other side. Google Earth images have more snow, so that makes some correlations difficult.

But it really is a great boon to have GE and quality maps available when identifying and interpreting landscape images.

And what is more, memories last much longer when the photos are correlated, features identified and then posted on to Panoramio.

Your South American experience in regard to the landscapes was clearly very special for you, and is yet to be mine.

Maybe I'll see you there??!!

Maja Weidemueller on March 25, 2010

2012 you said? Toto is counting on us I think. Another deal?

Ian Stehbens on March 25, 2010

I thought that might be Aus/NZ... or will that be sooner?

Maja Weidemueller on March 25, 2010

You are the one to suggest the time for that...

Ian Stehbens on March 25, 2010

This summer!

Ian Stehbens on March 26, 2010

Or Next northern winter: escape the winter!! Plan now. (Ihope this is not seen as a temptation but as a German style invitation!!)

T NL on March 26, 2010

What a spectacular mountain/glacier view Ian, excellent work!

Cheers, Tomas

Ian Stehbens on March 26, 2010

Greetings Tomas, Thanks for your appreciation. Ian

Maja Weidemueller on March 27, 2010

Dear supermagnet, I will write you a letter on that.

Ian Stehbens on March 28, 2010

I can't wait. No, I can wait patiently, Maja.

ƤōƝƓ on March 28, 2010

Majestic formation!! The glacier force is so powerful.

Ah-Pong of B@ngk☺k with regards

Ian Stehbens on March 28, 2010

Dear Ah-Pong,

The forces that push the mountains up are so tremendous that it is hard to appreciate except by modelling it and reducing to a small scale. And as you say the glacier's capacity is awesome also, and together with the rain, they manage to keep the mountains not very far above the surface of the sea, in the grand scheme of things.

But in the meantime the sculpturing is quite fantastic.

Best regards,


Seima I on April 4, 2010

Beautiful shadow!! Wonderful stereoscopic effect!!


Ian Stehbens on April 4, 2010

Thank you for your visit and compliment, Seima. You are the master of 3d photos so this is great praise. Thanks, Ian.

Bakos ART on July 11, 2013

good photo, I didn even know New zeland has such mountains!

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