deglaciation

noun
de·​gla·​ci·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌglā-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce deglaciation (audio) , -sē-\

Definition of deglaciation

: the melting of ice specifically : the retreat of a glacier or ice sheet

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deglaciated \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈglā-​shē-​ˌā-​təd How to pronounce deglaciated (audio) , -​sē-​ \ adjective

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The Reef struggled with period of rapid deglaciation 17,000 and 13,000 years ago, respectively. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Many Deaths And Rebirths of the Great Barrier Reef," 29 May 2018 The next two events occurred during deglaciation that saw rising sea levels and the drowning of the reef, which then adjusted by migrating landward. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Great Barrier Reef has survived 5 near-death events but scientists unsure of its future," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of deglaciation

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deglaciation was in 1895

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