Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 12/07/2013


Photo taken on September 15, 2010


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climate change
Sierra
Disappointment Peak


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High Sierra: Climate Change

High Sierra: Climate Change
Here are three of the many small glacial cirques in the high country. In the left one, the tiny glacier is decimated but seems to be moving a little. A small stream of muddy water emerging from the bottom shows that it is still lubricated.

The glacier in the middle cirque has melted back from the rock moraine it was pushing and there is no evidence of muddy water emerging from it. It seems to have turned into a nonmoving ice field.

And the perfect small round cirque in the right foreground has lost its ice. All that remain are an annual snowpatch that will be gone before winter and the rocks the little glacier was carrying when it died.

The highest peak is Disappointment Peak.

Clint, Joan+ have particularly liked this photo


6 comments - The latest ones
Joan+
Joan+
Interesting info, and a super photo.

The Peak's name has wry humour....
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Fascinating!
3 years ago.
Clint
Clint
I'm glad I got to see a few glaciers before they were gone. I feel sorry for those born too late to see them.
3 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Lovely photo and quite disturbing to see such changes!
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Fascinating information. It seems most glaciers are in a bad way.
3 years ago.
Gloucester, a Bottled Spider
Gloucester, a Bottle…
Great examples of dying glaciers. A shame.
3 years ago.