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Water bodies

Referring to any significant accumulation of water usually on planet earth but also on other planetary bodies.

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ice-marginal lake

Water bodies; Glaciers

A lake that is located adjacent to the terminus of a glacier. Typically, these lakes form in bedrock basins scoured by the glacier. They enlarge as the glacier retreats. Sometimes ...


Water bodies; Glaciers

A large persistent body of ice. Originating on land, a glacier flows slowly due to stresses induced by its weight. A glacier forms in a location where the accumulation of snow ...

glacier mill

Water bodies; Glaciers

A narrow, tubular chute or crevasse through which water enters a glacier from the surface. Occasionally, the lower end of a moulin may be exposed in the face of a glacier or at ...

bergy seltzer

Water bodies; Glaciers

A crackling or sizzling similar to that made by soft drinks or seltzer water but louder. The sound made as air bubbles formed at many atmospheres of pressure are released during ...

glacial furrow

Water bodies; Glaciers

A linear depression, inches to miles in length, produced by the removal of rock or sediment by the erosive action of a glacier.


Water bodies; Glaciers

A decrease in the length of a glacier compared to a previous point in time. As ice in a glacier is always moving forward, its terminus retreats when more ice is lost at the ...

ablation till

Water bodies; Glaciers

An irregular-shaped layer or pile of glacier sediment formed by the melting of a block of stagnant ice. Ultimately, ablationa moraine is deposited on the former bed of the ...