Term: Trimline Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: A line separating tracts of unglacierized terrain of strikingly different appearance, the appearance of one of the tracts being interpretable as due to recent deglaciation. The trimline usually separates terrain with more mature vegetation, deglaciated in the more distant past or never glaciated at all, from terrain exposed during the retreat of glaciers from their Little Ice Age maximum extents. The separation may also be marked in part by terminal moraines. The trimline can be used to reconstruct former glacier extent and volume. Reliably dated trimlines have been used in this way to estimate long-term average mass balance.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

A clear boundary line on the wall of a glacier valley that delineates the maximum recent thickness of a glacier. It may be a change in the color of the bedrock, indicating the separation of weathered from unweathered bedrock; the limit of a former lateral moraine or other sediment deposit; or the boundary between vegetated and bare bedrock.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous)