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Dart Glacier

Dart Glacier

The Dart Glacier in western Otago is the largest glacier feeding into the Dart River, and from there into Lake Wakatipu. A thick snowfield (called the névé) builds up on the upper mountain slopes, and is compacted to ice which gradually flows downhill. The glacier picks up debris in its path, and also carries fallen rock from landslides. This shows up as dark material on the surface as the ice melts.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Glaciers and glaciation - Glaciers in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2021