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A hanging glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

A hanging glacier originates high on the wall of a glacial valley and descends only part of the way to the surface of the main glacier and abruptly stops, typically at a cliff.[1] Avalanching and icefalls are the mechanisms for ice and snow transfer to the valley floor below.[1]

Rock and icefall from a hanging glacier was responsible for triggering the Kolka-Karmadon rock ice slide in 2002, that killed 125 people.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Glossary of Glacier Terminology". United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Lindsey, Rebecca. "Collapse of the Kolka Glacier". Earth Observatory. NASA.