Glacier size and shape

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Niche glacier
These are small patches of glacier ice found on upland slopes. They are most prevalent on north-facing slopes in the northern hemisphere.
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Piedmont glaciers
These are large lobes of ice formed when glaciers spread out. They may merge on reaching lowland areas and escape the confines of their valley.
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Pressure melting point (PMP)
The temperature at which the ice under pressure will melt.
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Steady state
When the amounts of accumulation and ablation are equal over the course of a year. As a result, the snout of a glacier will remain stationary.
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Interglacial
A period of time, such as the present day, when ice still covers part of the Earth's surface but has retreated to the polar regions.
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Piedmont glaciers

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These are large lobes of ice formed when glaciers spread out. They may merge on reaching lowland areas and escape the confines of their valley.

Card 3

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Pressure melting point (PMP)

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Card 4

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Steady state

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Card 5

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Interglacial

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