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It's Calving Season!

"Tidewater" glaciers are valley glaciers that end in sea, lake, or river water.

As the ice enters the water, it begins to float, and this action causes pieces to break off and float away. This is more pronounced in coastal ocean areas where the tides also do their part to separate ice from the glacier.

When the glacier loses material in the water, it is called "calving", and tidewater glaciers are responsible for creating the icebergs, bergy bits and growlers that float in the water.

As the ice breaks away from the glacier face, it often makes a loud cracking or booming sound. Calving happens quickly and usually without warning - so don't take your boat too close to a tidewater glacier!

Photographers take note: If you've heard the "boom" and start to look around, you're already too late to get a photograph.

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