Cirque glacier

Alternative definitions (7), class: vernacular (0)
Term: Cirque glacier
Definition: A glacier occupying a cirque. A cirque is a rounded recess with steep sides and back wall, formed on a mountainside by glacial erosion. Cirque is an Anglicized French word that has displaced the synonyms 'corrie' (from Scots Gaelic) and 'cwm' (from Welsh) of early glaciological usage.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
Contributed by GCW Glossary