Term: Rock flour Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Fine-grained, silt-size sediment formed by the mechanical erosion of bedrock at the base and sides of a glacier by moving ice. When it enters a stream, it turns the stream's color brown, gray, iridescent blue-green, or milky white. Also called Glacier Flour or Glacier Milk.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

A fine powder of silt- and clay-sized particles that a glacier creates as its rock-laden ice scrapes over bedrock; usually flushed out in meltwater streams, causing water to look powdery gray; lakes and oceans that fill with glacier flour may develop a banded appearance.  NSIDCCryosphere 

Very finely ground rock fragments that form between the base of a glacier and the underlying bedrock surface.  PhysicalGeography