A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a landmass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation has exceeded melting and sublimation.
[French, from Old French, cold place, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs; see gel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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Jacobsen Glacier in the Monarch Icefield of the British Columbia Coastal Range, Canada
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