Term: Tidewater glacier Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Mountain glacier that terminates in the ocean.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A glacier that terminates in the sea, with terminus either floating or grounded below sea level. The adjective indicates geographical setting, and not that tides play a role in the mass balance.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A glacier with a terminus that ends in a body of water influenced by tides, such as the ocean or a large lake. Typically, tidewater glaciers calve ice to produce icebergs.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

A glacier that terminates in the sea. Some writers restrict the term to a glacier with its terminus resting on the sea floor.  Swisseduc