Nizina Glacier

Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range

Nizina Glacier is a 36 kilometre long valley glacier in the eastern Wrangell Mountains. It has two major flow units: Regal Glacier descends from Regal Mountain (4220m), Rohn Glacier from a Mountain called President's Chair. Below their confluence, the glacier tongue is locally known as Nizina Glacier. In recent years it has formed, due to recession from a terminal moraine, a large proglacial lake into which it calves may large icebergs.

Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Confluence of Regal Glacier (left) and Rohn Glacier. The glacier terminus and proglacial lake are visible on the top.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Folding on Rohn Glacier due to longitudinal compression. Note turquoise meltwater pond on the far right.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Meltwater lakes and deeply incised meltwater channels on stagnant ice on the true left side of lower Rohn Glacier.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
A meltwater stream from Frederiks Glacier flows towards the tongue of Nizima Glacier. Note older meltwater channels on the green hill in the left foreground.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
The meltwater from Frederiks Glacier erodes the true left margin of Nizima Glacier.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Glacial lakes on the left side of Nizima Glaciers tongue. Note terraced alluvial deposits.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Prominent sand cone on the edge of one of the glacial lakes (slightly right of centre).
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
The disintegrating tongue of Nizima Glacier has calved many large icebergs into the proglacial lake.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
View over the proglacial lake towards Nizima Glacier.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Calving front of Nizima Glacier (lower left) and icebergs.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Rainbow over Nizima Glacier's proglacial lake.
Nizina Glacier, Alaska Range
Folded and faulted limestone in the 'Milehigh Cliff' south of Nizima Glacier.
All photos 26.7.2011 Jürg Alean