Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Cirque Lake Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_330

This is a type of glacial lake landscape. A cirque forms through glacial erosion on a mountain. When the glacier retreats, the cirque fills with meltwater to form a lake. Cirque lakes are common in alpine regions and are often distributed regularly at specific elevations, which represent the locations of ancient snowlines. The Luhuomahai in Sichuan Province is a typical and reliable evidence of ancient glacial action.

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