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Montanvert, one of the three large glaciers on Mont Blanc that forms the Mer de Glace and feeds the Arveiron River.

Percy Bysshe Shelley describes Montanvert's "terrible precipices of solid ice" in History of a Six Weeks' Tour, Letter IV: "a chasm among mountains of inconceivable height, and of forms so pointed and abrupt, that they seem to pierce the sky." Such descriptions have influenced the description of "the tremendous and ever-moving glacier" in Frankenstein (2.2.1).