noun \ˌglā-shē-ˈä-lə-jē, -sē-\

Definition of GLACIOLOGY

:  any of the branches of science dealing with snow or ice accumulation, glaciation, or glacial epochs
gla·ci·o·log·i·cal \-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
gla·ci·ol·o·gist \-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun


Latin glacies + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy
First Known Use: 1889


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Scientific discipline concerned with all aspects of ice on landmasses. It deals with the structure and properties of glacier ice, its formation and distribution, the dynamics of ice flow, and the interactions of ice accumulations with climate. Glaciological research is conducted in a variety of ways, including radar sounding, boreholes, lateral tunnels, and remote sensing with satellite-borne infrared and multispectral scanners.


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