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Ice swale on McCall Glacier
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Swales like this are common on the glacier.  This one seems largely formed by meltwater, but many seem to be formed by wind scour.  Winds here can reach 100 mph.

Copyright: Matt Nolan
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Uploaded: 13/10/2010
Updated: 27/08/2014
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Tags: mccall glacier; mccall; glacier; ice; supraglacial; matt nolan; matt nolan 2010; 2010
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