Origin of glacierFrench (orig., Savoy dialect, dialectal from source also German gletscher) from Vulgar Latin an unverified form glaciarium from glacia, for Classical Latin glacies, ice: see glacial
A large glacier.
The definition of a glacier is a huge mass of ice and snow that forms where snow gathers faster than it melts and flows along with water over an area of land.
An example of a glacier is the Perito Moreno in Patagonia.
a large mass of ice and snow that forms in areas where the rate of snowfall constantly exceeds the rate at which the snow melts: it moves slowly outward from the center of accumulation or down a mountain until it melts or breaks away
A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a landmass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation has exceeded melting and sublimation.
Origin of glacierFrench from Old French cold place from glace ice from Vulgar Latin glacia from Latin glaciēs ; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
A large mass of ice moving very slowly through a valley or spreading outward from a center. Glaciers form over many years from packed snow in areas where snow accumulates faster than it melts. A glacier is always moving, but when its forward edge melts faster than the ice behind it advances, the glacier as a whole shrinks backward.
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- About half a mile from the glacier the river turns S.E.
- Most of the glaciers terminate at an altitude of 14,800-14,900 feet, but the small Cesar glacier, drained to the Hausberg valley, reaches to 14,450.
- The whole interior of Greenland is completely covered by the so-called inland ice, an enormous glacier forming a regular shield-shaped expanse of snow and glacier ice, and burying all valleys and mountains far below its surface.
- Long, which, with the smaller Kolb glacier, lie immediately west of the main divide.
- It is unnecessary here to rake among the ashes of this prolonged dispute, but it may be noted that Helmholtz, who, in his lecture on "Ice and Glaciers," adopted Thomson's theory, afterwards added in an appendix that he had come to the conclusion that Tyndall had "assigned the essential and principal cause of glacier motion in referring it to fracture and regelation" (1865).