Term: Kettle Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A depression that forms in an outwash plain or other glacial deposit by the melting of an in-situ block of glacier ice that was separated from the retreating glacier-margin and subsequently buried by glacier sedimentation. As the buried ice melts, the depression enlarges.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

(or kettlehole) A self-contained bowl-shaped depression within an area covered by glacial stream deposits, often containing a pond. A kettle forms from the burial of a mass of glacier ice by glacial or stream sediment, followed by its subsequent melting.  Swisseduc