Ice piedmont

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Term: Ice piedmont
Definition: Ice covering a coastal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains. The surface of an ice piedmont slopes gently seawards and may be anything from 1 to 50 km wide, fringing long stretches of coastline with ice cliffs. Ice piedmonts frequently merge into ice shelves. A very narrow ice piedmont may be called an ice fringe (cf. Piedmont glacier).
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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