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Aug 11, 2010
This week's theme
Glacial landforms

This week's words
drumlin
moraine
esker
fjord
cirque

The Keptie Hills esker, Arbroath, Scotland
The Keptie Hills esker
Arbroath, Scotland
Photo: Stevie D.

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esker

PRONUNCIATION:
(ES-kuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A long, narrow ridge of gravel and sand deposited by a stream flowing in or under a retreating glacier.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Irish eiscir (ridge of gravel).

USAGE:
"Skiing the moraine is always a seminar in geology, but this particular jumble of drumlins and eskers -- characteristic landforms left by restless glaciation -- puts it in a nutshell. My Grade 11 geography teacher likened an esker to the mess left by a drunk simultaneously walking backward and throwing up."
John Barber; Ski Country, Without the Traffic Jams; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Dec 6, 2008.

See more usage examples of esker in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Oh, threats of hell and hopes of paradise! / One thing at least is certain -- this life flies; / One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; / The flower that once has blown forever dies. -Omar Khayyam, poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and physician (1048-1131)

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