Inside Passage, Alaska
“The ice was here, the ice was there,
the ice was all around:
It cracked and growled and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound.”
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(from my book One World: A View of Seven Continents)
A glacier is an accumulation of compacted snow and ice that slowly moves from mountain ice fields toward sea level. If it eventually reaches the sea, it breaks off, or calves, as seen here.