sub·​gla·​cial | \ ˌsəb-ˈglā-shəl \

Definition of subglacial

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

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subglacially \ ˌsəb-​ˈglā-​shə-​lē \ adverb

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Mikucki, Tulaczyk and Doran are using the Dreamcatcher and on-the-ground measurements of the chemical properties of subglacial water to gain knowledge about ice-sheet behavior and Antarctic habitats never before gleaned from the continent’s ice. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Climate’s Big Unknown: What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?," 29 Dec. 2018 The study says the subglacial lake on Mars is cold indeed, and rather salty. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 2018 The cracks had formed as the ice skidded and juddered over a subglacial mountain. National Geographic, "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing," 13 June 2018 And the data hinted at the presence of a subglacial lake. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap," 16 Apr. 2018 The salt from rocks beneath the ice made the subglacial lakes four to five times saltier than seawater, or hypersaline. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap," 16 Apr. 2018 The likelihood that life exists in these hypersaline subglacial systems is high, Alison Murray of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute tells Halton. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap," 16 Apr. 2018 That’s not too salty to host microbial life, as a similarly briny subglacial lake in Antarctica proves. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Canadian ice cap conceals supersalty lakes," 11 Apr. 2018 Access by skidoo is also possible, but subglacial floes makes it a more treacherous affair. Brandon Presser,, "Explore Pyramiden: The Forgotten City at the End of the World," 19 July 2017

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1820, in the meaning defined above

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