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Term: Ice piedmont Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Ice covering a costal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains; the surface of an ice piedmont slopes gently seawards and may be anything from 1 to 50 kilometers (0.6 to 31 miles) wide, fringing long stretches of coastline with ice cliffs; ice piedmonts frequently merge into ice shelves; a very narrow ice piedmont may be called an ice fringe.  NSIDCCryosphere 

An expanse of glacier ice covering a lowland, nourished by two or more upland tributary glaciers.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A glacier covering a coastal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains, and sloping gently seaward over a distance up to 30km or more to terminate in ice cliffs or to merge with an ice shelf, cf. ice fringe.  UKAntarcticTerms 

Ice covering a coastal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains. The surface of an ice piedmont slopes gently seawards and may be anything from 1 to 50 km wide, fringing long stretches of coastline with ice cliffs. Ice piedmonts frequently merge into ice shelves. A very narrow ice piedmont may be called an ice fringe (cf. Piedmont glacier).  SPRI 

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