Cirque Glacier


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Cirque Glacier

 

a mountain glacier lying in the bowl-shaped depression of a slope (cirque) which has been created or enlarged by the activity of snow and ice. The glacier tongue is short and terminates close to the snowline. At the mouth of the cirque the tongue is usually bordered by the ridge of the terminal moraine. The cirque glacier is one of the widely found types of mountain glaciers.

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CIRQUE GLACIERS: Cirque Glaciers are named for the bowl-like hollows they occupy, which are called cirques.
In temperate climates where the mountains are only moderately high, snow patches form only on the shady side, where they eventually form cirque glaciers.
Larger, cirque glaciers are confined to the depressions on mountain-sides.