Cryoconite Holes on Glaciers

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Sometimes the surface of glaciers exhibit peculiar water filled cylindrical holes of varying sizes. At the bottom of these holes, there is usually deposits of dark colored sediments. The rest is filled with melt water. These are called cryoconite holes and are formed due to certain powdery windblown dust, called cryoconite. The name comes from the words “cryo” which means ice, and “conite” which means dust.

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