Salt Glaciers: A Geological Wonder of the World

Martin P. A. Jackson
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
John A.& Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

Salt glaciers are extrusions of rock salt emerging from the crests of exposed salt domes. Present-day examples of salt glaciers are found in Iran but are also present in far greater abundance buried in sedimentary basins such as the Gulf of Mexico. The talk is illustrated with spectacular and exotic images taken from space showing ice glaciers in Patagonia and Alaska and salt glaciers in Iran. There are also plenty of ground photographs showing what it’s like to climb on a salt glacier.


Martin describes the talk as follows, "The presentation is designed to introduce the amazing topic of salt glaciers to an audience of nongeologists. A minimum of jargon will be used. Guaranteed free of boring graphs and strain ellipses."