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

Definition of meltwater

: water derived from the melting of ice and snow

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The topography includes 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater, sandstone bluffs, waterfalls, the Vermillion River and an abundance of pine, oak and cedar trees. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Some subglacial lakes form when pressure from above or geothermal hot spots from below melt portions of the ice, others when meltwater trickles down from above through holes known as moulins to pool in hollows under the ice. NBC News, "Dozens of lakes discovered deep under the Greenland Ice Sheet," 29 June 2019 It’s North America’s hydrographic apex: meltwater from the icefield flows into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 In the warm seasons, meltwater from the mountains feeds rivers that provide drinking water and irrigation for crops. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Rising Temperatures Ravage the Himalayas, Rapidly Shrinking Its Glaciers," 19 June 2019 The ice here forms pretty reliably every winter and is very thick which means that there are relatively few fractures for meltwater to drain through. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Amazing photo shows dogs 'sledding on water' amid Greenland ice melt," 18 June 2019 But the new research demonstrates that in some areas, where glaciers are producing unusually large quantities of meltwater, this mixing process isn’t happening. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Glaciers Are Helping Drive Their Own Melt," 20 Apr. 2018 Dumping a bunch of freshwater into the North Atlantic is basically the way to jam up this circulation, and many scientists think that a sudden release of accumulated glacial meltwater from Canada is the likely culprit. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Standing next to me alongside pools of meltwater frosted over in the morning shade, a baby swathed in a red snowsuit is harnessed to his American father’s chest, staring at it all. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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