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Recent Examples on the Web But some research has suggested that the firn can fill up too quickly during years with high melt rates. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Historic Greenland Melt Is a “Glimpse of the Future”," 2 Aug. 2019 The firn layer in the ice sheet, the boundary between snow and ice, is heating up and becoming denser. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of firn

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for firn

German, from Old High German firni old; akin to Old English faran

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“Firn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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