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basal sliding


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The process by which a temperate glacier moves over its bed. It involves three mechanisms: relatively rapid creep in the basal layers; pressure melting, whereby ice under pressure melts on the up-glacier side of a small obstacle and the released water freezes on the down-glacier side; and slippage over a layer of water at the bed.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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