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Aug 10, 2010
This week's theme
Glacial landforms

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drumlin
moraine
esker
fjord
cirque

Moraine
Moraine at Gokyo, Nepal

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moraine

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-RAYN)

MEANING:
noun: An accumulation of boulders, gravel, or other debris carried and deposited by a glacier.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French moraine, from Savoy dialect morena (mound).

USAGE:
"Professor Shulmeister's team believes a large landslide dumped a huge volume of rock on top of the glacier, causing it to advance and, when the advance stopped, the moraine was created."
Angela Gregory; Glacial Find Pours Cold Water on World Theory; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Jun 30, 2008.

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

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