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Term: Outlet glacier Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A valley glacier which drains an inland ice sheet or ice cap and flows through a gap in peripheral mountains.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A glacier, usually of valley-glacier form, that drains an ice sheet, icefield or ice cap. In the accumulation zone the glacier outline may not be well defined because of the subdued relief.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A glacier, usually between rock walls, that is part of, and drains an ice sheet. See also Ice stream.  IPCC2013 

A valley glacier, occupying a trough, emanating from an ice sheet or ice cap.  Swisseduc 

A valley glacier that drains an ice sheet or ice cap and flows through a gap in peripheral mountains.  AMSglossary 

A valley glacier which drains an inland ice sheet or ice cap and flows through a gap in peripheral mountains.  SPRI 

Flows down from an ice sheet, ice field or ice cap beyond its margins; No clearly defined catchment area; Usually follows local topographic depressions; Drains an ice sheet, ice field or ice cap, usually of valley glacier form; the catchment area may not be clearly delineated; The source ice sheet, ice field or ice cap has the function of a "parent ice mass" in GLIMS  GLIMSGlacier 

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