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Term: Cryoconite hole Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A small cylindrical hole on the surface of a glacier, formed by patches of cryoconite that absorb more short-wave radiation than the surrounding ice, melting downwards at a faster rate and adding to sub-metre-scale spatial variability in ablation. See also weathering crust.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A small cylindrical hole on the surface of a glacier, formed by small patches of debris that absorb more radiation than the surrounding ice, and melt downwards at a faster rate.  Swisseduc 

A small pit in an ice surface produced by the sinking of a particle of dust of cosmic origin (known as cryoconite, a fine-grained dark-colored substance).  AMSglossary 

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