Winthrop Glacier


As seen from the summit of Burrough's Mountain 3, Winthrop Glacier flows down the western side of the Prow on the north slopes of Mt. Rainier. The amazing thing about glaciers is that they do actually flow like any other liquid. They're always moving, though of course very slowly. The broken-up look along the edge of rocky wedge formation at the left consists of jumbled crevasses and huge blocks of ice formed as the upper glacier is split apart by the Prow. The washboard appearance in the lower right part of the picture is an enormous field of large crevasses created as the uneven terrain splits and shatters the thick layer of ice as it flows over it. It's awesome.