Welcome to VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes!

Our virtual field trips allow you to explore the fascinating and often spectacular world of glaciers and glaciated landscapes. Look all around and zoom-in on features of interest – rather like Google Streetview © – and see how the landscape changes from one location to the next.

Sure, there is no substitute for real fieldwork, but this is not always possible. Through virtual fieldwork, VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes supports class- and lab-based teaching. It can also be used by anyone wishing to explore these environments for themselves.

This site complements rather than replaces existing resources. So if you want to learn all about glacial processes, landforms and landscapes, start by having a look at some of the excellent websites, textbooks and journal articles out there (see Resources section for some recommendations).

Thank-you for visiting, and I hope you find the resources on this website useful. This is a work in progress, and feedback and suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Des McDougall
Department of Geography and the Environment,
University of Worcester
Worcester, UK.

Latest Posts

New virtual field trip – Deepdale, Lake District

Although new to this site, the Deepdale virtual field trip has been available to University of Worcester students since 2014. It’s a really interesting location, not least because of the fabulous moraines along the valley floor. For more information on Deepdale, see the Quaternary Research Field Guide to the Lake District (McDougall and Evans, 2015).

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New Moiry Valley virtual field trip

There is an updated virtual field trip for the Moiry Valley. This is one of the most popular sites on VR Glaciers, no doubt because of the spectacular landscape and the opportunity to step (virtually) onto the glacier. Since the original virtual field trip was developed, the glacier has undergone dramatic changes in its lower reaches.

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Arolla Valley, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip

• alpine landscapes • glacier retreat • paraglacial reworking • Little Ice Age • moraines • supraglacial environment and processes • glacial erosion • weathering and mass wasting • human impacts •
Virtual field trips from 2006, 2018/19, and 2023!).
2006 - 2023

Col du Sanetsch, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip

• alpine landscapes • tourism • settlements • geology and landscape • slope failure • hazards • fluvial landforms • weathering • glaciation •
2019

Ferpècle Valley, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip

• alpine landscapes • proglacial environment (rivers, sediment, lake) • human impacts • Little Ice Age • moraines • proglacial meltwater channel • paraglacial reworking • glacier terminus •
2017 - 2022
Grande Dixence, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip
• HEP • dam • alpine landscapes •
This tour only has 6 stops. It will be developed further when time and finances allow.
2018

Lötschental Valley, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip

• alpine landscapes • meadows • glaciers • moraines • Little Ice Age • debris cones • snow avalanche tracks and deposits • river • rock slope deformation • cirques • glacial troughs • forests • Little Ice Age •
2018
Moiry Valley, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip
• alpine landscapes • glacier retreat • Little Ice Age • moraines • paraglacial reworking • talus • debris cones • icefall • supraglacial sediment and ablation • supraglacial meltwater • striae • ice-moulded bedrock • HEP scheme •
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2017 - 2023
Roseg Valley, Switzerland: Virtual Field Trip
• alpine landscapes • braided river • moraines • debris cones • alluvial fans • glacier • talus • avalanche tracks • slope failure • Little Ice Age •
2008
Big Pine (Owens Valley, California): Virtual Field Trip
• semi-arid / arid climate • till • moraines • talus • talus cones • snow avalanche (evidence for) • ice-moulded bedrock • rock glacier •
2013

Lyell Canyon (Yosemite NP, California): Virtual Field Trip

• forests • floodplain meadows • river • glacially-transported boulders • glacial trough • talus • snow avalanche tracks • bedrock (granite) • bedrock joints • unloading and exfoliation • ice-moulded bedrock • Matthes glaciation / Little Ice Age • moraines • cirques • glacier • striae • chattermarks •
2013
Tuolumne Meadows (Yosemite NP, California): Virtual Field Trip
• granite landscapes • roche moutonnée • meadows • meandering river • bars • islands • bank erosion • point bars • scroll bars • cutoff meanders •
2013

Helvellyn Range (English Lake District): Virtual Field Trip

• cirques • glacial trough • rock slope failures • moraines • gullies • Younger Dryas • talus • blockfields • debris cones • human impacts •
2014 - 2017

Deepdale (English Lake District): Virtual Field Trip

• cirques • glacial trough • moraines • gullies • Younger Dryas • talus • debris cones •
2014

Keskadale, Newlands Valley (English Lake District): Virtual Field Trip

• moraine • headwall • Younger Dryas • solifluction
2017

Mosedale, Wasdale Head (English Lake District): Virtual Field Trip

• rivers • talus • debris flow tracks • debris cones • moraines • Younger Dryas • glacial troughs •
2017

Cwm Idwal and the Glyderau (Wales): Virtual Field Trip

• cirque • glacial trough • moraines • talus • blockfield • tors • rockfall • Younger Dryas • Late Devensian
2021

Glen Roy (Scotland): Virtual Field Trip

• glacial lake shorelines • moraines • slope failures • fans • rivers • terraces •
2022

Coire Ardair, Creag Meagaidh (Scotland): Virtual Field Trip

• cirque • moraines • talus • rockfall • debris cones • Younger Dryas
2022
Picture of Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

I'm a Physical Geographer at the University of Worcester (England, UK). Interests include mountain glaciers, mountain geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change. I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality in teaching.

Can you help?

In order to support the ongoing development of this site, it would be really helpful if you could let me know why and how you use the resource. I’d also appreciate hearing any ideas you may have for improvements. Thank you!