'Snow-Bridges', 1849.
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'Snow-Bridges', 1849.

Whymper, Josiah Wood

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Colour engraving by Josiah Wood Whymper (1813-1903) taken from 'Phenomena of Nature', published in London in 1849 for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 'In snowy mountains, the movement of glaciers can result in chasms which often serve as receptacles of avalanches or enormous mases of ice and snow which form the upper regions of the mountain. In their fall, these mases occasionally become lodged half in, half out of the chasm, and thus form a bridge by which it may be crosed.'



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