Jordal Valley With Glacier Beyond, Norway

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The Jordal is a small stream fed by the melting snow and ice of the Brubrä glacier. It is this glacier you see pictured in the background of the view. The river is only a few miles long but if is much visited by tourists who wish to see the rich valley and glacier above it. The Brubrä is an old glacier, and is much smaller now than it once was. We know this because it has left rows of rocks as it melted. These lines of rocks, called moraines (m-rn´), are in the Jordal valley, much below the foot of the glacier as we see it today. Some of the glaciated rocks can be seen by the side of the river. The ice field of the glacier is much smaller than that of some other glaciers in Norway. It is well-known chiefly because it is easy to get to. More interesting, perhaps, than the glacier is the valley itself. The uplands of the valley are covered with heavy wood. The upper reaches of the valley are beautifully wooded by birches and elms. The tillable ground is carefully tended by the thrifty farmers. You see in the view a field of oats to the left hand. In the foreground is a rick of hay. Grass cut and left on the ground will not dry on account of the moisture. It is put in thin piles held up by poles, so little of it is on the ground and so the wind can readily pass through it. Even in the Jordal valley, which is considered very fertile for Norway, it is difficult for farmers to make a good living. What is a moraine? What parts of our country are glaciated? Explain how glaciers helped to form our Great Lakes. Ask your teacher to show you a rock brought down from the north by the ice sheet. Are there any glaciers in America today? How is hay made in this country? Keystone ID: 13408 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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