Definition of meltwater
: water derived from the melting of ice and snow
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But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.
Meltwater from the glacier is an important source of drinking water for the region during the dry season.
Among the worst is meltwater from glaciers, ice sheets and ice caps that account for a third of the planet’s sea rise.
These seasonal flows of meltwater, a part of Antarctica’s natural water cycle, have been known for decades to crisscross the continent.
With the North Sea dammed, the rivers that then drained into it, including the Rhine and the Thames, started to form a large lake, also swollen with meltwaters from the glacier.
But their rate of flow can also have a huge effect locally, on downstream ecosystems and communities, as meltwater lakes grow, get stopped up by ice, and burst.
Flash flood: a rapid flooding of low-lying areas (washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins) that may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow.
At Earthlike air pressures and temperatures around 68°F (20°C), meltwater from an ice cube dribbled down a ramp coated with a thin layer of sandy soil, darkening the sand without moving it.
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