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Where mountaineers go to die. This glacial formation, known as a moulin, is where supraglacial water (water that flows over the top of the glacier) becomes englacial or subglacial (inside or bottom flowing) water. Many deaths are attributed to this glaciological formation as they are interesting to look at, easy to fall into, and almost impossible to be rescued from. Freezing (4 degrees C or less) water rushes down this watery gorge, sweeping away rocks, debris, and climbers along with it.

This photo was very tricky to compose for the safety issue, and I was extremely pleased to see how well it came out. This was when I only had a Pentax K1000 with one lens and no auto focus. I have not enhanced this photo except for trying to clear it up after minimizing it. It was taken on the Juneau Ice Field, close to the US/BC border.

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