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By glaciers, Cumbria

The scenery of the Lake District, North Wales and much of the Scottish Highlands is similar to the scenery being carved by glaciers in places like Norway today.

This image shows that the scenery of northern Britain was also eroded by glaciers. Fossil evidence shows us that they melted only 10,000 years ago.

Slow-moving ice has enormous erosive power because the ice contains rocks gouged from the valley floor or fallen from the mountains to either side. The ice-with-rocks scrapes along like a giant strip of very coarse sandpaper. Glaciers can carve out deep, U-shaped valleys through softer areas of rock. After the ice melts, these often become long ribbon lakes like this one.

Buttermere, the Lake District

Buttermere, Lake District
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