gla·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌglā-shē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce glaciology (audio) , -sē- \

Definition of glaciology

: any of the branches of science dealing with snow or ice accumulation, glaciation, or glacial epochs

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Other Words from glaciology

glaciological \ ˌglā-​shē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce glaciological (audio) , -​sē-​ \ adjective
glaciologist \ ˌglā-​shē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce glaciologist (audio) , -​sē-​ \ noun

Examples of glaciology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every year, several projects related to atmospheric, glaciology, and geological sciences are undertaken to unearth the hidden mysteries of the continent. Pradeep Tomar, Quartz India, "Indian scientists in Antarctica are under their own version of a lockdown," 13 May 2020 This was big data come to glaciology, each reflected point tied to coordinates in space—as though the team suddenly had one million GPS units on the glacier at once. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 The expedition team had members from eight countries who conducted research in a range of areas, including biology, glaciology and meteorology. Fox News, "New ‘window into the planet’ installed in Mount Everest’s ‘death zone’," 15 June 2019 Dr. Sharp, also a glaciology professor at the university, said there was water all over the floor, and steam rising from puddles of ancient water. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "An Ice Scientist’s Worst Nightmare," 11 Apr. 2017 Though the focus is mainly on studying climate, glaciology, and Earth’s magnetic field, life on the base also mimics some of the difficulties associated with space travel. Philip Toledano, National Geographic, "8 Amazing Places You Can Visit ‘Mars’ on Earth," 12 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of glaciology

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glaciology

Latin glacies + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy

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The first known use of glaciology was in 1889

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20 May 2020

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“Glaciology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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