Term: Temperate glacier Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A glacier consisting of temperate ice over its entire thickness and extent, except for a surface layer of the order of 1015 m thick which may experience seasonal cooling. By definition a temperate glacier is a wet-based glacier.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A glacier with a or temperature-regime in which liquid water coexists with frozen water (glacier ice) during part or even all of the year.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

A glacier whose temperature is at the pressure melting point throughout, except for a cold wave of limited penetration that occurs in winter.  Swisseduc 

In Ahlmann's glacier classification, a glacier that, at the end of the melting season, is composed of firn, and ice at the melting point.  AMSglossary 

Glacier in which the ice found below 10 to 20 meters from its surface is at the pressure melting point. One of the three types of glaciers: cold glacier; temperate glacier; and subpolar glacier.  PhysicalGeography