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  • Penitentes, or nieves penitentes (Spanish for "penitent-shaped snows"), are snow formations found at high altitudes. They take the form of elongated, thin blades of hardened snow or ice, closely spaced and pointing towards the general direction of the sun.

    November 2, 2018

  • See also penitentes.

    May 2, 2009

  • Oddee: 'These amazing ice spikes, generally known as penitentes due to their resemblance to processions of white-hooded monks, can be found on mountain glaciers and vary in size dramatically: from a few centimetres to 5 metres in height.'

    April 30, 2009

  • 1838 'TEXIAN' Mexico vs. Texas vi. 79 The procession is rendered shocking and repulsive, by penitentes, who walk at the head of the cortege, naked from the waist upwards.

    June 8, 2008