Glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF)

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Term: Glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF)
Definition: During a period of glacier recession, back from a terminal moraine, a lake may form. This lake is impounded by an unstable pile of debris and buried ice. Catastrophic failure of the moraine will result in a devastating flood. Usually associated with high mountain regions such as the Andes and Himalaya.
Created 2022.03.08
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