That part of a glacier’s surface, usually at higher elevations, on which there is net accumulation of snow, which subsequently turns into firn and then glacier ice.
Accumulation area of Glärnischgletscher, a small mountain glacier in NE Switzerland. Aerial photo J. Alean, 1982.
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