Timpanogos Glacier Crevasse

Timpanogos Glacier Crevasse

A crevasse on the normally buried Timpanogos Glacier in 1994. The man in this photo is actually standing on some rocks that fell and got wedged in, the actual bottom was reported to be at least forty feet down. Glen Meyer, the director of the Timpanogos Emergency Response Team, took and sent me this photo, used with permission.
Sam Dunford
on Nov 20, 2013 12:42 pm
Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing
Image ID: 876737


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Scott - Nov 20, 2013 1:22 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for adding. A picture is worth a thousand words. I'll add the photo into the article.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Nov 20, 2013 1:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Very interesting!

Some glaciers in the Alps can have tongues that are covered by talus rather like the picture, for example the Glacier Noir in the Dauphiné. (In the same area there is also a "Glacier Blanc", the tongue of which is clean, startlingly white ice, also rare.)

Sam Dunford - Nov 20, 2013 7:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: thanks and very interesting

You're welcome! also, you are right about glaciers partially covered with debris. It seems that the Timpanogos Glacier was once like this, but the uncovered portion melted in the dust bowl drought. Now, only the buried portion remains.

Sam Dunford - Jan 13, 2016 3:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Meltwater channel

Unfortunately, the geologists I've showed this to believe it to be a melt channel or at best an old crevasse that's had water in in, and do not believe it to be evidence of recent movement.

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