BLANCA MASSIF AREA, Colorado -- The gently sloping plateau along the east ridge of the Blanca Massif is not so gentle toward the head of the Huerfano Valley. This photo shows some of the striking landforms created by alpine glaciation. Note the knife-edged ridge at the center of the photo -- glaciers gouged out rock from both the right and left sides of the ridge. The small knob to the right is actually a 13,000-foot-high feature called the Iron Nipple. It certainly looks like one, but I wouldn't normally think of nipples at this elevation. However, I imagine it got pretty lonely up here for the miners who used to work the mountains here in search of gold and other minerals.
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