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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Recent Examples on the Web Melinda Webster, a sea ice geophysicist at the University of Alaska, will be heading to the Polarstern in June, when pools of turquoise meltwater make Swiss cheese out of the disintegrating ice. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Voyagers to the ‘epicenter of global warming’ struggle with storms, polar bears and thin ice," 13 Jan. 2020 There are few sights as peaceful as the lakes atop the Greenland ice sheet, tranquil pools of sapphire meltwater on a bed of sparkling white. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Huge Lakes Abruptly Empty into Greenland Ice Sheet," 3 Dec. 2019 But as the ice shrivels, the system passes a tipping point and the flow of meltwater declines. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 This finding means factors other than meltwater discharge also influence how and where the glacier melts. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Alarming Sonar Results Show Glaciers May Be Melting Faster Than We Expected," 26 July 2019 This meltwater, naturally light, drags warm Atlantic water up along Helheim’s face. 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 colors come from the slow writhe of glaciers, which pulverize stone into a dust called rock flour, which is carried down the mountains by meltwater, and into the lakes., "The nearly unbelievable beauty of Lake Louise - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 The rush of meltwater may be ominous, but Mullen is also alert to its beauty. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Sea of Change’ exhibition sets the voyage on a different course," 6 Dec. 2019 At Helheim’s base, a channel of meltwater flushes into the fjord. 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

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Meltwater.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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