Term: Cirque glacier Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A small glacier that forms within a cirque basin, generally high on the side of a mountain.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

Glacier that resides in basins or amphitheaters near ridge crests; most cirque glaciers have a characteristic circular shape, with their width as wide or wider than their length.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A glacier occupying a cirque. A cirque is a rounded recess with steep sides and back wall, formed on a mountainside by glacial erosion. Cirque is an Anglicized French word that has displaced the synonyms 'corrie' (from Scots Gaelic) and 'cwm' (from Welsh) of early glaciological usage.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A glacier occupying a cirque.  Swisseduc 

Small glacier lying wholly within a cirque, or topographic hollow, created by glacial excavation located high in mountainous areas.  AMSglossary 

Small glacier that just occupies a cirque.  PhysicalGeography 

A glacier which occupies a separate rounded recess which it has formed on a mountain side.  SPRI