Fox Glacier snout

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Comments (6)

bdeh on April 9, 2011

Great shot Ian, nice the different colours of the ice. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

I was pleased to be able to add the glacier snouts to my collection of glacial images, Berend. The amount of moraine arriving at the terminus varies from year to year, especially that which is on top or that which makes up the lateral moraine.

The moraine can conceal the glacier at times. I was standing for a while beside a conical hill, thinking it was purely terminal moraine, till I investigated and found that it was actually a hunk of glacier thinly covered with moraine.

Every day there is some drama here at the snout, for blocks of ice calve and crash from the glacier and surges in the meltwater outflow indicate changes beneath the glacier.

On the other side of the range (Southern Alps) from here, the bigger Tasman Glacier ends in a large meltwater lake that is dammed by earlier terminal moraine. It can be extremely hazardous to be on the lake at any time, for calving can produce big waves, as happened during the Christchurch earthquake earlier this year. And the icebergs can suddenly tip to a new position.

Getting my head around the size of these glaciers is certainly a challenge for me.



ƤōƝƓ on April 9, 2011

First things first, a LIKE for this photo.

I guess the sizes of the hole and snout must be huge, are they? I mean I don't see an object such as wild animal or a man for comparison.

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

Thanks, Ah-Pong. I really cannot tell you what size we are looking at, or even how close I was for there was no familiar item to give scale. I estimate that the large block in the foreground on the left would have been around 17M high. Perhaps the main face of the glacier is as high as 70M.. I am trying to be as accurate as I can but I may be wide of the mark - I really am not sure. But everything is big. I think I was 200M from the wall of ice.


乾龍 on April 9, 2011

Very beautiful scenery


Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

Thanks Qianlong for your encouragement. Warm greetings from New Zealand.


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    by Ian Stehbens