Term: Interrupted glacier Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Glacier flow is interrupted by very steep cliff(s); No dynamic connection; Reconstruct below the cliff; Glacier that breaks off over a cliff and reconstitutes below. (WGMS, 1977); The entire catchment area of the glacier has to be looked at in order to identify if a glacier is interrupted or not!  GLIMSGlacier 

A glacier consisting of two or more parts between which mass transfer or 'flow' to the lower part is by avalanching. Whether to regard the parts as separate entities is a matter of convenience. See regenerated glacier.  IHPGlacierMassBalance