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glacial till

[¦glā·shəl ′til]
(geology)
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till, glacial till, boulder clay

An unstratified glacial deposit which consists of pockets of clay, gravel, sand, silt, and boulders; has not been subject to the sorting action of water; usually has good load-sustaining properties.
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Characteristics of the field soils, the glacial till, and climate help explain the spatial variation observed in groundwater N[O.sub.3]-N levels.
The plots for samples 3A, 3B of the loess and the underlying glacial till extrapolate to the same value of [D.sub.0], indicating that the composition of the fine clay was the same in both.
Coming from the basal ice, the water is milky with the rock flour of glacial till and it has a full bed load of sand and gravel (Fig.
Previous radon soil gas (where soil refers to glacial till) testing completed in Nova Scotia (Goodwin et al.
Preserving the glacial till prairie habitats of Illinois will help conserve not only A.
A layer of lacustrine clay within the bluffs acted as an aquitard, perching water and creating a saturated layer of marerial in the glacial till above that eventually failed and flowed downslope into Lake Michigan.
The riverbed is composed mostly of extremely dense glacial till and some shallow bedrock.
Evaluation of N-values for the two borings indicated that three distinct silty clay layers can be discerned: lacus trine from 23.5-50 feet, stiff glacial till from 50-80 feet and a hard glacial till from about 80-120 feet.
The study site was located on Wisconsin age Tazewell sub-stage glacial till in a Poinsett (fine-silty, mixed Udic Haploboroll)-Kranzburg (fine-silty, mixed Udic Haploboroll)-Waubay (fine-silty, mixed Pachic Udic Haploboroll) soil association.
Formed from glacial till washed downstream by melt waters at the end of the last ice age, Strawberry Island splits the fast currents of the Niagara River where they pass around Grand Island.
But often it comes with a rush and a roar, a spate of warm days unlocking winter's relentless grip and sending torrents of smowmelt plunging down to turn rivers white with glacial till. And the beat of life, all but extinguished by the bitter ordeal just ended, begins to pulse once again.
Overburden (glacial till) cover is generally < 2 m thick within this area.