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Coumfea a corrie lake, Nire Valley, County Waterford

Coumfea Nier Valley
Coumfea, Nire Valley, County Waterford
Landscape Photography, Irish photography : Nigel Borrington

Taken on the same day as the image of Milk hill, this image shows a view of Coumfea a corrie lake in the Nier valley, I have many other images of the lake that I will post in full.

A Corrie lake is formed as follows :

How Is a Corrie Formed?

Answer

A corrie is formed in different steps. First, the snow accumulates in a hillside hollow and turns to ice. Then, the hollow is deepened by abrasion and plucking and the ice in the corrie moves under the influence of gravity, deepening the hollow still further. Since the ice is at the foot of the hollow and moves more slowly, a rock lip forms. When the ice melts, a lake or tarn may be formed in the corrie. The steep back wall may be severely weathered by freeze€“thaw weathering, providing material for further abrasion.

3 responses

  1. Wonderful tones and shadows Nigel. You get the sense that nature can swallow us right up.

    Also, I love the sparkley bits.

    🙂

    August 27, 2013 at 3:47 am

  2. You truly have an eye for capturing the sublime in nature. Amazing shot.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

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