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The zone of fracture experiences tension hen the glacier moves over irregular terrain. This tension results in gaping cracks called crevasses. Crevasses can be 50 meters deep. They are often hidden by snow and make travel across glaciers dangerous.

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Q: Why are the uppermost 50 meters of a glacier referred to as the zone of fracture?
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