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- A multi-year surplus accumulation of snowfall in excess of snowmelt on land and resulting in a mass of ice at least 0.1 km2 in area that shows some evidence of movement in response to gravity. A glacier may terminate on land or in water. Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, and second only to the oceans as the largest reservoir of total water. Glaciers are found on every continent except Australia.
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- river of ice that under pressure can deform and flow plastically.
NCDC National Climatic Data Center - Cite This Source - This Definition
- ablation, Arctic mist, Cryosphere, Drift of ice, Drifting stations, Fusion, ice rafted detritus, loess