sub·​gla·​cial | \ ˌsəb-ˈglā-shəl How to pronounce subglacial (audio) \

Definition of subglacial

: of or relating to the bottom of a glacier or the area immediately underlying a glacier

Other Words from subglacial

subglacially \ ˌsəb-​ˈglā-​shə-​lē How to pronounce subglacial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subglacial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Olivas points out that microbes could be living throughout the large subglacial lake because of the high levels of life-sustaining compounds. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 July 2021 In Iceland, after the subglacial volcano Katla has been erupting constantly for a whole year, Gríma is still looking for her missing sister who disappeared the day the eruption started. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 June 2021 Getting a comparable subglacial sample today using modern drilling technology would have been prohibitively expensive. Gemma Tarlach, Wired, 20 Mar. 2021 So far Fagradalsfjall’s eruption has not caused the kind of global disruption to air travel seen in 2010, when the subglacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull spewed volcanic ash into the high atmosphere. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2021 The core was subglacial sediment and rock, taken from below a mile of ice in 1966 at Camp Century, an American research base in Greenland that had served as cover for a secret—and failed—military project. Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 On Earth, this type of heating, called geothermal heat, can be seen in subglacial lakes forming in parts of the West Antarctic ice sheet, the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Dec. 2020 Scientists first unearthed evidence of these subglacial reservoirs in 2018. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2020 In 2018, scientists announced the discovery of the larger subglacial lake, presumed to be a body of salt water some 12 miles across. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 28 Sep. 2020

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1820, in the meaning defined above

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