Term: Esker Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A meandering, water-deposited, generally steep-sided sediment ridge that forms within a subglacial or englacial stream channel. Its floor can be bedrock, sediment, or ice. Subsequent melting of the glacier exposes the deposit. Generally composed of stratified sand and gravel, eskers can range from feet to miles in length and may exceed 100 feet in height.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

A sinuous ridge of sedimentary material (typically gravel or sand) deposited by streams that cut channels under or through the glacier ice.  NSIDCCryosphere 

(from the Gaelic) A long, commonly sinuous ridge of sand and gravel, deposited by a stream in a subglacial tunnel.  Swisseduc 

Long twisting ridges of sand and gravel found on the Earth's surface. Created when the deposits of subsurface glacial streams are placed on the ground after glacial melting.  PhysicalGeography