What is a Kettle Pond?
Glaciers like the Matanuska, have kettle ponds near the toe of the glacier. You will find kettle ponds and lakes along valley and sometimes alpine glaciers. This is because as these glaciers melt, giant ice fins fall, crashing and making depressions in the earth below, and overtime, slowly melt away. After a whole lot of sun and warm temperatures, we are left to explore the meltwater ponds and lakes left behind.
As the warm season moves along the meltwater in these small pots becomes its own individual water system. Undisturbed by fresh and frigid meltwater coming from the glacier nearby. Since the ground and surrounding sediment are fully saturated already, the water is held in the pond and gradually warmed by the sun, hence they create a sort of “kettle” heating system for the water.