Accumulation zone

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The accumulation zone is found at the highest altitude of the glacier, where accumulation of material is greater than ablation.
The accumulation zone is found at the highest altitude of the glacier, where accumulation of material is greater than ablation.

On a glacier, the accumulation zone is the area above the firn line, where snowfall accumulates and exceeds the losses from ablation, (melting, evaporation, and sublimation). The annual equilibrium line separates the accumulation and ablation zone annually. The accumulation zone is also defined as the 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. Part of the glacier where snow builds up and turns to ice moves outward from there.

External links[edit]

  • "What Is A Glacier?". 10 July 2002. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011.
  • "Glossary: Geological Points of Interest in the Stehekin Valley, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Service Complex". 2006. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007.