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accumulation zone

accumulation zone  

The zone of a glacier in which the amount of snow and ice that is deposited exceeds that lost by deflation, evaporation, melting, or other means. Compare ablation zone.
equilibrium line

equilibrium line  

In glaciology, the point at which expansion of the glacier by accumulation is balanced by ice losses through ablation. See Carrivick and Brewer (2004) Geografiska A 86, 1.
glacier

glacier  

A mass of ice which may be moving, or has moved, overland: when enough ice has accumulated, a glacier will start to move forwards. A glacier may be seen to be the result of a balance between ...

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