Cirque Glacier | Article about Cirque Glacier by The Free Dictionary
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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: Cirque Glaciers
are named for the bowl-like hollows they occupy, which are called cirques.
Larger, cirque glaciers
are confined to the depressions on mountain-sides.