melt·​wa·​ter | \ ˈmelt-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce meltwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of meltwater

: water derived from the melting of ice and snow

Examples of meltwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That will diminish its ability to reflect sunlight and to absorb meltwater that forms on the surface of the ice sheet. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again," 3 June 2020 Climate scientist Xavier Fettweis plotted the amount of meltwater that reached the ocean from the Antarctic peninsula. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A heat wave in Antarctica melted 20% of an island's snow in 9 days," 24 Feb. 2020 That summer, for the first time on record, meltwater from this part of Greenland visibly started to flow away as runoff. National Geographic, "Something strange is happening to Greenland's ice sheet," 18 Sep. 2019 Below the snowy peaks are countless tributaries, each one pumping more cubic feet of meltwater into the Sag than the last. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "A Raft Hunt for Caribou in the Alaskan Tundra," 27 Apr. 2020 Until 2016, a good deal of meltwater from Kaskawulsh Glacier (at 15,000 square miles larger than Massachusetts and Connecticut combined) flowed into the Yukon River and on to the Bering Sea. Anchorage Daily News, "How ‘river piracy’ may have contributed to record low water levels on the upper Yukon River," 29 Feb. 2020 The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern Rocky Mountains will be protected as threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Washington Post, "2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt," 21 Nov. 2019 The impact of this widespread development of meltwater lakes has never been studied in detail. Owen King, Quartz India, "Lakes formed from melting glaciers are making the Himalayas less stable," 23 Jan. 2020 The resulting meltwater boosted global sea levels by 0.7 inch. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Greenland and Antarctica are now melting six times faster than in the 1990s, accelerating sea-level rise," 16 Mar. 2020

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Meltwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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