Glen Landforms

Watkins Glen valley

Glen Landforms Have 2 Main Characteristics:

1. Long, deep valley
2. Steep or vertical sides

Example of a Glen Landform:

Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Park, New York, USA

What is a Glen Landform?

A glen is a long, deep valley with steep sides, sometimes U-shaped as formed by a glacier.

It may have a river or stream flowing in the middle.

How are Glens Formed?

Glens are sometimes formed by a glacier that cuts the valley and the mountains on each side to form a U-shape. A glen can also be formed by a river, slowly shaping the valley.

How Large is a Glen?

A glen is from several hundred feet to several miles wide, and usually much longer than its width.

Where Can a Glen Be Found?

A glen can be found where there has been glacier activity or a river that cuts and shapes limestone and other soft rock formations, forming a valley with steep or vertical sides.

Famous Glens

• Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Park, New York, USA
• Glen Onoko, Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania, USA
• Glen Aulin, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Near the Finger Lakes in New York, Watkins Glen is a narrow, deep valley cut by a stream known as Glen Creek. It is part of Watkins Glen State Park which includes 19 waterfalls that descend into the glen. Within the Lehigh Gorge State Park in Pennsylvania is Glen Onoko and a trail leading to the Glen Onoko Falls just outside the park on a state game preserve. As a popular hiking spot with a beautiful view of the area, it has also led to a number of deaths and injuries over the years when people move too close to the edge near the second set of falls. On the tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, upriver from the Grand Canyon of Tuolumne, is Glen Aulin. With falls at one end, it is known for excellent hiking and scenic views at an elevation of 7,900 feet.

Glen definition:

A long and deep valley formed by a glacier or river, having steep or vertical sides

Glens are also called valleys and dale.

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