gla·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy ˌglā-shē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce glaciology (audio)
: any of the branches of science dealing with snow or ice accumulation, glaciation, or glacial epochs
glaciological adjective
glaciologist noun

Examples of glaciology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pettit calls it forensic glaciology. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2017 Michèle Koppes, professor of glaciology at the University of British Columbia, will discuss the impact of rising sea levels and disappearing glaciers on communities that rely on the seas for tourism and their economies, and the impact on all of us who rely on fresh water to drink. Alan Henry, WIRED, 28 Sep. 2022 While on the west ridge of the UAF campus, Alda also visited the glaciology lab at the Geophysical Institute. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 But a different type of satellite technology was about to turn glaciology on its head. Marissa Grunes, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 After many nights talking with Blankenship, Schmidt was convinced that Pappalardo and his crew were disregarding an important source of knowledge in their attempt to solve the chaos puzzle: glaciology. Gregory Mone, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2012 For his graduate research in glaciology, Cook’s plan was to study depressions on glaciers as a way to learn more about mysterious Swiss-cheese pits in Martian ice. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2016 That's how Dora Medrzycka, who just earned a Ph.D. in physical geography with a specialization in glaciology with Copland as her supervisor, got involved. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2022 Scientists focus on research at McMurdo in many fields including biology, geospace sciences, glaciology and climate systems. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin glacies + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glaciology was in 1889

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“Glaciology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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