Importance of meltwater

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  • Created on: 17-03-15 14:45
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  • The Importance Of Meltwater
    • Melting snow helps to enlarge the shallow nivation hollows that eventually become corries when the snow turns to ice
    • Melwater helps to lubricate the base of a glacier and overcome friction - allowing the glacier to slip forward periodically
    • Meltwater also transports moraine beneath the ice, where it provides tools for glacial erosion
    • If it refreezes, meltwater can bind the base of a glacier to broken rock fragments
    • Meltwater often forms rivers
    • Meltwater will also erode channels and form distinctive depositional features


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