Supraglacial channel

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    Russell Glacier, Greenland

    Each ridge on the channel sides represents about a days worth of melt from the water flow. For scale, the channel is about 8-10 m deep here. Upstream lies a huge lake ~3km^2 in a depression on the ice-sheet surface. As the stream keeps eroding down, it would eventually cause the lake to drain rapidly within a matter of hours. The stream eventually flows to a huge moulin, where it then likely reaches the bed of the ice sheet, ~1000 m below.

    Lake-drainage events like these are common, and are currently being studied by scientists at Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities.

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    1. Dan Grenier 40 months ago | reply

      How cool is that? !!!

    2. Arpad Lukacs Photography 37 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image!


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    6. Photo in Life Travel 3 months ago | reply

      Wonderful found!
      Wondering where you take this pic? From the heli?
      Cool shot!!!

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